As children, we couldn't wait for school to let out for the summer months. Days were filled with play and not a care in the world.

But, a group of Muskogee youth aren't just hanging out at a swimming pool or lounging leisurely at the lake. They are working hard in the summertime heat. Teens from several local churches are spending at least some of their summer vacation helping others.

With temperatures in the 90s and the humidity high, these teens wiped their brows and tackled all kinds of projects to help residents who really needed it — like Mike Neal, a disabled veteran who is in poor health. Not only does he benefit from the house painting by the teens, but he and others enjoyed just watching the young people.

Ruth Ann Derrick said she doesn't have the money to pay anyone to do the work the teens did. Not only did they paint the exterior of her house, they painted the porch and some lawn furniture that was in need of an upgrade.

The teens may not understand until they are older what their projects meant to others — the smiles, the company of young people, the laughs and joy they have brought — just by giving up part of their summer vacations to show that they care.

Today, those teens get a day of rest and some fun at the water park. But every time a recipient of their gifts look at the improvements to their homes, they'll smile. Some will share their story with others.

There are good people in the world, and sometimes they show up carrying a paint brush.

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