Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Peeling back the Layers

This last Sunday was the annual LA Marathon. This year they changed the route so that the runners ran from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica pier. Our Church was along the route, and all streets were closed around the area, so they offered a "service weekend" instead with opportunities to volunteer in the community. We chose to do a Habitat for Humanity service project on Saturday. It was with their "Brush with Kindness" program in which people who have fallen on hard times get their houses renovated. Saturday we worked on a very nice lady's house in Inglewood. The peeling paint needed to be stripped off the wood paneling that surrounded the house.

Starting work in the front

After lunch we got to use the power tools. Here's Mike using the belt sander

This is a close-up of one of the wood panels that was stripped down to the wood. You can see the various layers of paint from over the years. At one point this house was avocado green!

At clean-up time. The woman came out of the house and met each of us personally. She was so very grateful for our time, and made us feel special for helping out.

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