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Mission Change provides summer fun for kids

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Mission Change and volunteers cooling off Wednesday with kids living in the MacIntosh Homes Mission Change and volunteers cooling off Wednesday with kids living in the MacIntosh Homes
LaDonna Eurick, Mission Change Executive Director LaDonna Eurick, Mission Change Executive Director
Hudson Parker, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Missionary Hudson Parker, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Missionary
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some Albany kids got a much needed break from the heat today with the help of a non-profit organization.

Mission Change provides food, shelter, and companionship to those in need. Wednesday, the group partnered with an out-of-state church to provide summer fun for kids living in McIntosh homes.

Each month the grass roots organization puts together a different mission to address needs of a specific community. And this week, the group focused on bringing smiles to kids on summer break.

With a running start, a makeshift slide was all that was needed to light up young faces looking to cool off. And the joy the kids felt as they rush into the cold water was payment for the volunteers working to help those in need.

"You know, just being able to bring laughter and smiles to kids faces. And the second that you say water, it's all over (laughs)," said LaDonna Eurick, Mission Change Executive Director.

Mission Change teamed up with a Nashville church to work on a house in the McIntosh district, and spend some quality time with the neighborhood kids during the summer.

"Actually, the house...it's right over there, we've painted it for the kids. After school they'll go over there and hang out. And we come to the park everyday and do activities with the kids. And Do slip and slide, and just hang out, and make them feel loved," said Hudson Parker, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Missionary.

And that seems to be just how the kids were feeling as they're dangling off the monkey bars, or dashing down the slide.

"We're trying to bring community together, and it's not so hard. It's very simple. And it's something as simple as sitting down in a park on a picnic blanket just reading a book," said Eurick.

And while the water activity didn't involve any books, it gave volunteers an opportunity to bond with the kids.

"Just talking with these kids, they're amazing. They always have smiles on their face, and are like always joyful, and we really take that for granted a lot," said Parker.

And it's just these smiles that brought Parker and twice as many missionaries from the Nashville church back to Albany to lend a helping hand.

The Nashville volunteers have been in town for about a week, and will head back home tomorrow.

Mission Change is looking for more volunteers and organizations that want to give back to the community.  Mission Change works with groups including the food bank, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.

Find out how you can join them at http://missionchange.com/

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