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Volunteers Ready For Big Hearts Build

By Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter

COLLEGEDALE, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- To build a house in a week takes a lot of manpower, a ton of equipment, and thousands of volunteers but that's the big picture.

On a smaller scale, it's the everyday work of a few, like three Southern Adventist Students, that make a project like the big hearts build a success.

"It may seem like a small drop in the bucket but for the few of us that are going down there, this will mean as much to us as it will to the family," says Senior Aaron Cheney.

Once Senior, Nathan Lewis heard the build was coming to the Chattanooga area, he says the word spread like a wild fire across the school's email system.

The Communications Department at SAU prides themselves on community service and Lewis says signing up was a no-brainer.

"We thought wow, what a great opportunity to combine the two and the energy was high and people signed up really fast to help out," says Lewis.

Junior, Kaliegh Lang says in a project of this size, a small part plays a big role.

"It can be huge for the family just playing that small part and a life-changing experience. How neat is that!," says Lang.

At the end of the day, the intense back breaking labor of the volunteers can be alleviated.

Jennifer Byrd of Body Mechanics Massage Salon says her group will donate their hands to the project, literally.

The therapists will offer massages on-site.

Byrd says it's another way to give, without getting your hands dirty.

"To be able to do it and support the community and this great project we are doing is really exciting," says Byrd.

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