Texans go out of their way to help out Scotians

People surprise each other everyday with their generosity.

A group of over twenty volunteers from the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Nederland, Texas, will join the First Baptist Church in Scotia for several days of volunteer work from July 18 to 25.

They are paying for their own airfare and have even agreed to bathe in a 30-foot shower trailer located outside of the church but that's not what they're coming for. The group is coming to help out around the community, and their efforts will surely be appreciated, said Eric Reamer, an associate pastor with the First Baptist Church.

They're mostly college-age and older adults who are coming to the area," he said.

They will be running a sports clinic in the mornings at Collins Park and then offering free concessions in the evenings on Tuesday when the U.S. Water Ski Show Team performs and Wednesday evenings during the summer concert series held in the park.

"They came last year also right around the same time and did the same kinds of things," said Reamer.

Reamer met the pastor of Hillcrest Church, Jim Johnson, two years ago when he came to visit the area two years ago for a conference.

"He said, 'Hey, I think we have a group of people who would like to come up and help you guys out. Do you want some help?'" said Reamer.

Reamer accepted and it seems that a summer-tradition, as well as a union, was created between these two churches.

"I try to do community things to let people know that we're here so it evolved into an idea of doing sports stuff," said Reamer of how it was decided on exactly what sort of community outreach the volunteers from Texas would participate in.

"Last year we did a baseball and soccer clinic in the park. Between 30 to 40 kids showed up each day," said Reamer of the free clinic.

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