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UT students volunteer in Moultrie

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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Around 100 University of Tennessee students are spending their Spring break picking up hammers and paint brushes in Moultrie.

This is the 4th year several of them have returned to join Heritage church in Moultrie to help families with special needs for Mega Impact Week.

"This is definitely a volunteer thing, the students sign up to spend their spring break in Moultrie working..and so it's huge for these students to give up spring break when most would be at the beach," said Nattie Hatcher, Special Needs Pastor at Heritage Church.

A 13 year-old boy is receiving a handicap accessible bath tub, holes are being repaired in the floors of the families' homes and fences are being put up.

Those are only a few of the twelve projects they're working on throughout this week. The students are building seven ramps for Moultrie families who need wheel chair accessible homes.

Mrs. Mattie's home is one of the several receiving help this week with supplies donated from The Colquitt Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Students say just seeing the joy on faces like hers is the reason they keep coming back each year.

"She's just dancing and grooving. She's so thrilled and that just makes my day right there," said Stephen Hall, a University of Tennessee student.

But Organizers say it not only affects the family involved, it impacts the whole community.

"Some women who have as a result of the work, they just believe that they matter and so they've gotten jobs, more out on their own. So it's been exciting to see that happen," said Cheryle Reeves, Mega Impact Week Coordinator.

Students are always welcomed in Moultrie with open arms and several businesses offer lunch or water to help them as they work.

Some even say after getting to know so many people around town, it's starting to feel like their 2nd home.

Mega Impact week was kicked off with 5k and 10k runs to raise money for a special needs family center in Moultrie. The center is expected to open this summer to offer training classes and other activities for those families.

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