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Tennessee Teens Lend a Helping Hand at Local Charities

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Most students that visit the Panama City Beach area come to visit the beach, but not a large group of teens from Chattanooga, who came to do some hard work.

More than two hundred middle and high school students, part of a project called Camp Illuminate, paid their own way here, to put in some long hours helping out Bay county non-profit organizations.  

Illuminate Co-founder and Camp Director, Bryant Underwood said, "Our slogan is bringing the light to the community by love and service, so we just want to share the love through service, we don't want to just talk about it we want to show people that this is what it looks like."

Project illuminate has completed large-scale service projects for the past three years in their home town, but this is the first year they have done the project in a different area.

"We came down in august and starting meeting with different ministries, seeing if there was a need and then we realized that there was," said Underwood.

The group helps any non-profit that might be in need, by doing things like yard work, painting or planting flowers, or anything that they can to help out.

Anchorage Children's Home out of Panama City was one of the charities that got to benefit from the project.

Brooke Bullard, Development Director at Anchorage Children's Home said, "This is monumental, I mean we have a two man show for our maintenance department and those guys work tirelessly to take care of all of our properties, and for them to come in and do this type of work, really just beautifying our place for the kids and the youth that we serve is just unimaginable."

The Illuminate Project also provides entertainment to the kids, like key note speakers and musical guests for every night that they are here.

"Seeing the students realize that they can make such a huge impact, by sharing the love of Christ, through just service projects, that's really why we do it, just to take the love to the community," Underwood added.

The teens are also helping out at The Salvation Army, The Food for Kids program in the Noah's Ark building, and The Hannah's House charity.