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Area Teens Replace Roofs


The small wood-frame house has been home to 72-year-old Jasper resident Vance Orr for over 40 years.

"Right now we're up here replacing her roof," volunteer Summer Mclemore said.

These teenagers are with the United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth (U.M. ARMY) - a youth organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

"We don't pay the kids anything," U.M. ARMY Executive Director David Saborn said. "As a matter of fact, they each pay $215 to come out here and work and do a job."

"We're taking this time to remember what's been given to us and share that with others," Mclemore said.

Orr is one of about a dozen Jasper residents getting a much needed hand from the U.M. Army.

"She's quite a character. She probably has more energy than I do,” Saborn said. “She's a joy to be around. She says she has bullets in her head."

Orr said she got shot six times in the back of the head. It was 1968 when her drunken husband pulled the trigger.

"He put the last two in me and when he started loading up again I cried please someone help me."

Two of the bullets are still in Orr's head.

"Two bullets back there. They don't bother me," Orr said.

But the leaking roof was bothering Orr ever since hurricane Rita.

"It had damaged her stove," Saborn said. "We found all that out so we've given her a new stove."

What does Orr think about the teens who spent their own money to repair her roof?

"That's a miracle from God," Orr said. "That he sent somebody out here to help me."

"I think the lesson is we need to help our neighbors," Saborn said. "It's something we need to do and it's something that feeds our soul when we help people."

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