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Dozens of Volunteers “Blitz” Eagle Eyrie This Past Weekend

Mike from Grandin Court Baptist Church, Roanoke, spray paints rocking chairs for his church's lodge.
Mike Walker from Grandin Court Baptist Church, Roanoke, spray paints rocking chairs for his church’s lodge.

By Nathan White

Lynchburg, Va. – Monday, April 20, 2015 – Amidst budding trees and blooming flowers, nearly 100 volunteers from a dozen churches climbed the mountain this past weekend to help out with Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center’s Work Blitz, the conference center’s annual volunteer event.

Ruth throws split wood into the back of the truck.
Ruth Kunkel throws split wood into the back of a truck.

Now in its fifth year, the volunteers worked on a variety of projects, from splitting wood, painting rocking chairs, replacing storm doors, and other light maintenance.

Rod and Ruth Kunkel from Louisa Baptist Church came up to volunteer, helping with splitting wood. “We’ve been helping build churches since 1988…we volunteer all over the place,” said Rod.

They were paired with Ann and Kent Brown from The First Baptist Church of Gretna. The two men worked the splitter while Ann and Ruth loaded the wood into the back of a nearby pickup truck. “It’s definitely hard work,” said Kent with a smile and sweat on his brow.

The youth group from West Lynchburg Baptist Church arrived Friday evening, ready to work Saturday.
The youth group from West Lynchburg Baptist Church arrived Friday evening, ready to work Saturday.

“We’re eternally grateful for the volunteers that have given of their talents and energy to enhance the beauty of Eagle Eyrie,” said Rod Miller, Director of Eagle Eyrie. “There is always a need for help.”

Eagle Eyrie hosted the volunteers free-of-charge, trading their time and labor for lodging and meals.

A number of volunteers arrived Friday morning, while the majority, including several youth groups, arrived Friday evening to work on Saturday.

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