Canadian students provide aid to Pine Belt

By Jeff Daley

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thirty four college students from Guelph University in Ontario Canada are in the Pine Belt lending a helping hand on several projects.

A group of about ten of the volunteers are  working with Carpenters Helper at a home in Eatonville building a new entry ramp for a wheel chair bound homeowner, one of two which will be built in the area this week.

Carpenters Helper is a grassroots non-profit whose mission is to repair substandard housing for the disabled, elderly, and others who are not able to do repairs on their own.

The students from Guelph University are dedicated to service and travel to locations each year to help out on various projects.

"We want to try and change someone's life. It might not be we're changing everyone's life, but we are making a difference," said Victoria Ervick, student volunteer. "Knowing we're the future, it's nice to know we can have an impact and do something great."

Other volunteers from the group are performing service work this week at the Edwards Street Fellowship Center and Hawkins Elementary.

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