Helping in the heat

Published 07/26 2012 10:58PM

Updated 07/27 2012 12:17PM

PEORIA -- Young volunteers spent days sprucing up this church. The pastor had a cookout to thank these teenagers Thursday.

He and his wife usually do all the maintenance. That's why he says the help means so much.

"Just to be able to kind of observe what they're doing and watch all the transformation in our property has just been overwhelming. Words cannot express truly in my heart how I feel," says Rich Sommer, Pastor of New Jerusalem Missionary.

The kids are part of a state program. They will be volunteering in several Illinois cities this summer.

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