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Volunteers change lives in Denison

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Service Academy for Youth volunteers remove tree debris from Jack Manning's Denison home. (KTEN) Service Academy for Youth volunteers remove tree debris from Jack Manning's Denison home. (KTEN)
Jack Manning expressed gratitude for volunteers who are refurbishing his Denison home. (KTEN) Jack Manning expressed gratitude for volunteers who are refurbishing his Denison home. (KTEN)
Volunteers are giving Jack Manning's Denison home a total makeover. (KTEN) Volunteers are giving Jack Manning's Denison home a total makeover. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Monday was a special day for Jack Manning. He was on the receiving end of a home renovation.

"It's something that we've been personally looking to get done with the small amounts of money that I have," he said.

Manning has been seeking that assistance since 2002. His wife suffers from Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. He said he just wants a safe and comfortable living space for her.

"If anyone is familiar with the ramifications of Alzheimer's, she has all of those problems," Manning explained. "Having a home that she can recognize and feel safe in will go a long way."

The much-needed help came from the Service Academy for Youth.

"It's kind of fun to help the community," said volunteer Mathias Coleman. 

"I've come out here before, and I couldn't just not help," added Kylee Lewis. "It's just one of those things where you wanted to help."

Manning's home got everything from a new paint job to a new roof, and the Youth Academy wasn't the only group to pitch in.

"We do what we do as far as helping the community because I think that's what we need right now," said Shawn Goodman of Iron House Roofing and Construction.

"We got a lot of bad things going on in the world," said Josh Kincaid of K&M Roofing and Construction. "It's nice to see everybody come together, you know, for a common cause."

The Service Academy has about 100 kids volunteering through the end of this week, and all of their project submissions come from people in the community who want to help neighbors like Jack Manning and his wife.

"I hope they're not getting sick of me telling them how wonderful what they're doing is," he said. "It's come at a time that has been just enormously helpful."

The Service Academy for Youth is completely funded by grants. The young people are working on a total of five projects this week.