Teens Swarm To Omaha To Offer Help

Any army of goodwill has taken Omaha by storm.

Teens from across the country are taking time out of their summers to come to the area, and help those in need.

Grant Nielsen, an 18-year-old from Wheaton, Illinois, has been painting houses for free.

Thursday, he worked on one belonging to an Omaha woman, Dorothy Smith.

"We do some amazing work for some people who really need it. It's a whole bunch of fun," says Nielsen.

Hundreds of teens from across the country have traveled to the city as a part of Mission Omaha.

For them, it's a chance to share the love of Jesus Christ by improving living conditions for those in need.

They're working on projects like building wheelchair ramps, or in Smith's case, painting the walls.

Smith says it means a lot to her.

“I feel great. I feel great, great, great. Thank God we have people like that to care for older people," she says.

It's a lot of hard work, but these kids say there's nothing they'd rather do than pick up some paintbrushes.

Veronica Palm says she could easily be spending her summer sleeping in and hanging out with friends, but that's not where she's needed.

“I'm a firm believer that if someone else can't do it, it your responsibility to give them a hand, and I have the hand to give, so why not?” she says.

More than 300 teens from nine different states arrived on Sunday for the program.

They head back home on Saturday.


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