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More than 250 teenagers Helping Those in Need in Delaware

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17-year-old Kelly O'Hare was painting a home of a disabled man in Ellendale (Source: Evan Koslof) 17-year-old Kelly O'Hare was painting a home of a disabled man in Ellendale (Source: Evan Koslof)
18 teenagers gathered at the Food Bank facility in Milford, to prepare meals for those in need (Source: Evan Koslof) 18 teenagers gathered at the Food Bank facility in Milford, to prepare meals for those in need (Source: Evan Koslof)

DELAWARE - More than 250 teenagers from across the region have gathered in Delaware this week in order to help those in need. The charity event is a part of the "Catholic Heart Workcamp," in which students have been sent to communities across the First State to help out. 

Six of those teenagers were at the home of Jerry Guyer, a disabled Ellendale man. Those teenagers, aged in between 14 and 17, were giving Guyer's home a brand new paint-job. 

"Today we're painting the outside of the house," said 14-year-old Sarah Hess. "And we painted a fence. And I think they're also painting the ramp." 

Hess was joined by 17-year-old Kelly O'Hare, who said that the event is all about bringing joy to those who need it.

"I feel like a lot of people think," she said. "'Oh teenagers. They're just - they do whatever they want. They're all about themselves.' But a lot of us - we're all teenagers here, and we are all just giving up our time to help these people."

Guyer said it was heartbreaking to see young people come to help him. 

"They're giving their time during their summer vacation to do something..." he said. "They're a blessing." 

The teenagers could be found across the state on Tuesday, from Seaford to Newark. Some of the locations included a woman's shelter in Seaford, a Habitat for Humanity home in Seaford, the Milford Boys and Girls Club, and the Food Bank facility in Milford. 

At the food bank, 18 teenagers were preparing food to be shipped to those in need. 

"Sometimes my feet hurt," said 14-year-old John Belford. "But then I realize that it was great because we go home, and think I just helped a lot of people who were hungry."

Fourteen-year-old Julie Laurie said that the takeaway from the experience is simple. 

"To me what satisfies you most in life," she said. "Is the love you give to others, and the love you receive from others."

The teenagers will be in Delaware through Thursday. 

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