Making a Difference: Kentucky Changers

High school students from all over the state are in Lexington this week sleeping in the Bryan Station High School gym on cots and waking up early to do construction work. They’re part of the group Kentucky Changers and they are in town making a difference.

They started Tuesday morning by knocking down the back deck to a home on Elmtree Street. The house Kentucky Changers are working on is the home of Alfred and Marion Brooks, where they have lived for the past 30 years. They’re both in their 80’s and unable to fix their dilapidated back-deck themselves.

“I can’t thank them enough,” Alfred said. ” It’s incredible, really.”

The group is bringing the house down, to build it back up.

“I didn’t know a building could make so much rubble to be honest,” said student Jackson Bennett.

They’re called the Kentucky Changers and that’s exactly what they’re doing in Lexington this week, changing their communities for the better and starting with Alfred’s and Marion’s house.

The students participating are from all over Kentucky and there are about 17 churches involved with this state-wide project.

Split up into groups these high school kids work on about 15 different projects this week. And although it’s hard work, they ask for nothing in return.

“We don’t come here for the reward, it’s to serve God,” Jackson said. “Yeah it’s rewarding, but that’s not why we are here.”

The money is raised by local churches and the volunteers do the heavy lifting. These changers are making a difference because they say the “just provide the labor and the heart.”

And according to home owner Alfred, their efforts won’t go unnoticed.

“It’s amazing, it’s beautiful,” said . “They’ve done a beautiful job and the attitude is great.”

All the projects are set to be finished by tomorrow. If you’d like to nominate someone who’s making a difference in your community send us an email to makingadifference@lex18.com

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