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South Carolina students volunteer in Athens

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Just like those in the Southern Tier, people throughout Pennsylvania's Northern Tier need all the help they can get as they continue their clean up from Tropical Storm Lee. Luckily for them, as our Bill Mich tells us, a group of college students are using their free time to lend a hand.

ATHENS, Pa. -- "We've been tearing up drywall and all the insulation throughout the whole house and getting that all cleaned up. Last count I had, we had 40 bags out of insulation and drywall," said volunteer Jennie Ladd.

For anyone who went through the flood, this sounds like a typical day in the clean up process. But for these seven college students, it is anything but.

"Some students like to go out and just enjoy their break they have from classes, but we saw this as an opportunity to further our knowledge and to help anybody that we could," said Adam Ladd of Southern Wesleyan University.

These students are on break from Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina. They will call the Northern Tier their home for a week. And these volunteers couldn't prepare themselves for what they were getting into.

"That was kind of tough to see images on the computer, but when you get here in person, it hits a little closer to home. When you see how people are just losing everything they have, everything that they have worked hard for, it really kind of rips out your heart a little bit," Ladd said.

Tuesday's agenda took them to a home in Athens on River Street. The day before, they were power washing windows and scrubbing walls at a local business. The group known as "Dirty Hands Extreme" will go wherever they are needed until it is time to get back to school.

Ladd said, "We are leaving out on Saturday to head back home. Another 15 hour drive. Long drive, a lot of gas, but it's ok. It's well worth the trip to help anybody we can." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP