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Christmas in Action and 6 Stones team up to help community
03/31/2015 - By Jessica Pounds - Cleburne Times Review
The weekend began with music and cheers as volunteers gathered in the Caddo Street Grill parking lot to start two days of giving back.
The 6 Stones Ministry, Christmas In Action and the city of Cleburne joined forces with more than 350 volunteers to help families in Cleburne struggling to repair their homes.
CIA has gathered one weekend every year for 15 years to repair homes in Cleburne and decided to partner with 6 Stones ministry, a new organization in Cleburne, to create a Community Powered Revitalization program.
CPR is a program 6 Stones started in the Hurst-Bedford area with the aim to strengthen, grow and revitalize a community one home and one family at a time, said Landon Ledlow, CPR community coordinator.
CIA Secretary Theresa Richardson said it’s been great to partner with 6 Stones and to see all the different churches, businesses and students gather together to help out.
“This has been a good partnership because 6 Stones works on the exterior and [CIA] works on the interior,” Richardson said. “We want to keep people safe on the outside and inside of their homes.”
Richardson said the process of repairing some of the homes began in the weeks before last weekend. Skilled contractors donated their time to fix major repairs on the homes.
“So this weekend is about finishing those repairs,” Richardson said. “We appreciate the different companies and organizations that came out today.”
Some of the many businesses participating included Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Chesapeake Energy, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Cleburne and more.
Many Cleburne High School students also volunteered time.
CHS senior Christina Morrow was there with the Beta Club and said she has been part of the event in years past.
“I really like helping Cleburne look beautiful and it’s something personal for the person living here,” Morrow said. “I know we can’t give her a new house but we can help her fix this one.”
Homeowner Dorothy Christy and her grandson were helping the group as much as they could to fix her home.
“I’m very grateful and I know I’d never get it done if it weren’t for them,” Christy said.
Group leader David Martin, a youth pastor at Cleburne Bible Church, said a lot of what the weekend was about was connecting with the community through unity.
“We’re helping our neighbors together and it’s not about making them feel like it’s charity rather we’re working together,” Martin said.
Ledlow said the goal of the weekend was to be good neighbors.
“It’s exciting to see what God has done to change the community by meeting the needs of the people by giving back,” Ledlow said. “It’s been a tremendous weekend.”
For his help to bring CPR to Cleburne, 6 Stones presented Cleburne Fire Chief Clint Ishmael with a Catalyst Cleburne Award. Because he was ill with laryngitis he could not speak but he waved and mouthed thank you before going to work on homes.
Mayor Scott Cain recalled the time when the community pulled together during the aftermath of a tornado that hit Cleburne in 2013 and picked up 100 tons of debris and restored homes throughout Cleburne.
“Today we’ll be restoring homes once again,” Cain said Friday morning. “Cleburne is poised for tremendous growth and its an exciting and bright future that we have but we leave no one behind. So today I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. That’s why in Cleburne we are Cleburne strong.”
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