Some college students are spending their Spring Break in Houston, helping residents rebuild their homes from the devastation that Hurricane Harvey wrought nearly seven months ago.
It's called "Eight Days of Hope XIV" – the current rebuilding effort of the Christian relief ministry Eight Days of Hope. According to the ministry, just shy of 5,000 volunteers representing 47 of the 50 states have gathered in southeast Texas to help hundreds of families rebuild their homes – at no cost to the families.
Among the thousands of volunteers in the Houston area is a group of students from the University of Kentucky. They are there through the ministry Cru, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ.
"This is something I'll never forget," says UK student Aniya Hall. "When I heard about it, I just knew that I would want to help people because putting yourself in their shoes you would want somebody to help you. You wouldn't want to just be abandoned; you wouldn't want to be forgotten about."
The group of volunteers with whom Hall is working was just putting the finishing touches on a home that had been flooded by Hurricane Harvey. The woman who lives there with her adult daughter is glad to have her house back in order.
"You have no idea. We waited for this moment for a long time, and I feel so, so blessed," the homeowner tells OneNewsNow. She has only one word to describe her home now: "Beautiful – beautiful, beautiful."
Eight Days of Hope began as a one-time, week-long visit to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It has since ministered to the needs of victims from numerous natural disasters. The Christian relief ministry plans to be working in Houston through March 24.