Youths spending the summer giving back to the community

CLARKSBURG, W.Va (WDTV) - There are camps out there for sports, swimming, or other activities, but one in our area is focused on giving back to the community.

Dozens of kids are learning the importance of giving back. The season of giving doesn't stop after Christmas. For kids from our area and beyond, they're spending the week at a camp through the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksburg.

"It's nice to be able to show the kids that there is a greater world than just what's right in our community," said Stacy O'Toole, the Youth Leader for the Center Presbyterian Church in Loysville.

It's kids in eighth grade up to seniors in high school. The youth work camp is focused on helping those in need throughout Harrison County. So far, they've helped out at the Mustard Seed and the Clarksburg Mission.

"I try to tell them how rewarding it is and how proud they would be to see the youth just give and give," O'Toole said.

For these kids, they're focused on others.

"I like helping people," said Tanya Kretzing. "It's basically one of my favorite things to do."

For her, this is truly a passion, especially after seeing just how much of a need there is in this area.

"They're very thankful and how happy they are about it," Kretzing said. "Here, I really like seeing all the happy faces."