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A helping hand from North Carolina

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By The Staff

"If I had a hammer

"I'd hammer in the morning

"I'd hammer in the evening

"All over this land ..."

-From a song by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger

It really is true. What goes around comes around. Do good things for others and it'll come back to you.

Last week, there were about 100 people from North Carolina in Campbellsville doing good things. Perhaps it was a touch of payback for all the good things our community has done for others.

Seldom does a month go by that a group from one local church or another doesn't head off on a mission trip somewhere. Whether it's to rebuild homes, provide filtered water, offer medical care or simply to spread the word of God, people in Campbellsville have spent time helping others.

But this time, it was our turn.

Unlike a lot of teens who spend their spring breaks heading off to the beach or hanging out with friends at home, these kids traveled from Boone, N.C. to provide manual labor for several low-income residents in our community.

With the help of Kentucky Heartland Outreach, the kids put on new roofs and built decks. And more projects are planned for the summer months.

What a relief that's got to be for the homeowners, knowing that expensive repairs to keep their families warm and safe are going to be provided at no charge.

According to Dana Caudill with KHO, the group received a grant from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund administered by the Kentucky Housing Corp. From there, they accepted applications from families in Taylor and Green counties who were in need of home repairs.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to show how young people today want to do something positive in their world," Caudill said.

From helping out after horrific events such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina to simply checking on elderly neighbors, Campbellsville has always shown its caring for others.

And now it's nice to see that caring come full circle. We always knew we had good folks and a caring outreach for others in need of help. It's nice to know that you reap what you sew. That happened last week and the community is appreciative that kids from North Carolina were here to chip in.