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Teens help give family a home makeover
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Bradenton, Florida - A group of Manatee High School teens are spending their Christmas Eve hard at work. The group is helping to reconstruct a home and a family's life.

When Edna Greo, the owner of a 1,200 square foot Bradenton house, steps back inside her home on New Year's Eve, she probably won't recognize it. "With this project, we're doing everything - the flooring, lighting, electrical, plumbing," says Mary Elizabeth Woodward, 11th grader at Manatee High School.

"We're remodeling a new home for a family in need," adds Daniel Beeman, 12th grader at Manatee High School.

Dozens of businesses have donated $70,000 in supplies, plus labor, for this extreme home makeover. The young hands nailing, cutting and tiling belong to the Manatee High School Key Club.

'It's hard, it's hard. It's changed my mind. Make sure I go to college," says Daniel as he tiles the living room floor. "I go to bed really early, really sore at night."

The teens have been spending their two-week Christmas break working on the home since their first day off from school on Saturday, December 18th.

"They get a new home. We get the joy of helping people. I like helping people," says Daniel.

Not only have they gutted the home and are redoing it from top to bottom, the volunteers have added a new room. They've turned the car port into a master suite for the homeowner.

"She loves her family, works two jobs, crazy busy, and [has] just so much going on. Her father is living here, bunch of people are living here. She takes care of others as much as she can," describes Mary Elizabeth.

This holiday, the teens and volunteers are taking care of the Greo family. Mary Elizabeth says it's their Christmas gift. "We all just want to give this family the best Christmas possible. We want to give this family a safe, efficient, manageable, livable home."

The volunteers will continue working through next week. The family is staying in a rented home. The volunteers plan the unveiling on New Year's Eve.

They have most of the furnishings except for the bedrooms. The volunteers are asking for help. They need four beds, including one twin, and three full/double sized mattresses, matching night stands and dressers, plus an armoire.

For more information on how to help, please call John Vita at 941-920-6698.

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