For four days in June, youth from Thomson-area churches will be on a mission.
But they won't be going to another country or another state -- or even another county.
More than 200 people, almost all sixth- through 12th graders, will participate in Mission: McDuffie June 6-9. From 7:30 a.m. until noon on those days, they will be installing wheelchair ramps and doing yard work, painting and minor repairs for the needy at work sites in McDuffie County.
On April 21, the Revs. David Lambert and David Harbeson briefed members of the Rotary Club of Thomson on this year's mission, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. An anniversary celebration is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at First United Methodist Church.
"We're trying to help those who cannot," Harbison said.
There is no cost to those who benefit from the effort. Harbison estimates the value of the work at $24,012, based on the minimum wage.
Although the mission is primarily a youth endeavor, he said, adults are needed to teach and supervise.
"The kids are learning skills," he said. "They work hard, and they do it with love."
He also said community support is vital to the effort, particularly in providing materials -- treated lumber, disposable paintbrushes, plastic buckets, rollers and other items.
"I scrounge all year long," he said.
In the end, he said, the effort is worth it.
"Everybody wins -- from the kids to the homeowners."