Kids hit the road to help others

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group of special volunteers are traveling throughout the northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri area to help their neighbors.

Around sixty people with the Ozark Mission Project based out of Conway are in the Jonesboro and Bono area until Friday and these individuals are tackling a number of projects to help people out.

Coach Marshall Dickey has been volunteering with Ozark Mission since he was in the eighth grade. Now in college, and one of the team leaders, Marshall says volunteering is a lot of fun.

"We feel this is what we're called to do. It's God's work, what we've chosen to do. And so, this is how we share our love."

Marshall says they get as much out of their visits as the people they come to help.

"I just love it. It's tremendous. It just warms my heart and I'm glad I can help the community."

This group is no stranger to the Jonesboro area. Marshall says they've done projects here before.

"We've been to Jonesboro before. At the Cornerstone United Methodist and they were gracious enough to let us come back and help out their community."

Marshall says the best part about volunteering is the reaction they receive from the people they get to help.

"we've gotten tons of positive responses from the homeowners where we're working. People are ecstatic, happy and just glad we've been able to come out and help."

The group is working on projects in the Jonesboro, Bono and Corning area, and Marshall says they'll be finished and head home Friday.

By that time, they will have completed seven wheel chair ramps, painted a number of homes and completed a lot of yard work.

The Ozark Mission Project does work all across the state.

For more information about the Ozark Mission Project, you can log onto their website.

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