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FL church members pitch in to paint art park

Seth Stratton Seth Stratton
Grace O'Brien Grace O'Brien
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Over the last few days a team of Florida church members have been taking part in huge environmental projects alongside Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful. Their goal is to inspire others to lend a helping hand for those in need. 

From the ground up, walls stained with orange, green and blue will be sealed with a fresh coat of white.

Dozens of Florida church members Beach United Methodist are in Albany this week to help in several missionary projects, one involves brightening up the downtown Art Park. 

"People keep graffiting it, so we're just helping to clean it up," said Seth Stratton. 

This type of work isn't new for the 15 year old volunteer, it's been a part of his life since the 6th grade.

"Like we see people who have nothing, it just teaches us how to act," continued Stratton. 

For many teens summer time means playing video games and hitting the beach, but for this group, it's all about giving back. 

"This is my vacation," said Stratton. "I like doing this."

And he's not the only one.

"I was really excited, they were telling us what we were going to be doing. And I kept thinking that this will be so fun, I'm going to feel really good about it," said 10 year old Grace O'Brien. 

It's her first trip, one she will always remember.

"It's very good bonding...we do everything together and we have to work as a team," continued O'Brien.

Members believe by banding together they can make a difference.

"People just walk by and not do anything about it," said Stratton. "We can all do something about it."

The simple task of painting a broken wall, covering up the old and revealing something new, spreading hope to others. 

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