Sprucing Up for Summer Fun at a Park in Tamaqua

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TAMAQUA -- With the warmer weather, parks are becoming more popular and one park in Tamaqua has had it's fair share of wear and tear.

So, a group of people spent the day beautifying the North Middle Ward Park and many drove from across the country to help.

"We are here to help the community," said Steven Gintz.

Gintz is a local pastor who asked the church group from Pittsboro, North Carolina to help.

"We piled in a church van, and then we had an overflow so we had to use the pickup truck as well," said Michael Skarbinski with Mount Olive Baptist Church in Pittsboro.

"The Lord really called to me. I think I really enjoy Pennsylvania and helping people," said Suzanna Henderson, a 12-year-old volunteer that came to help.

From morning and well into the afternoon, the group cleaned the park and painted the playground equipment.

Ray Sell runs the park and for years has been trying to get volunteers to come and help do this.

"I'm hoping we can get more volunteers once they see a group from North Carolina came up," said Sell.

The group in the area now is one of four groups coming from North Carolina to Tamaqua over the next few weeks to spruce up the area parks.

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