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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Hundreds of teens pitched in to beautify areas of Lexington for a community service project seeking to clean up neighborhoods across the nation.

Around 400 teens and volunteers from youth groups across North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina spent Saturday cleaning up homes, area shelters and churches in Davidson County.

In collaboration with the Lexington Housing Community Development Corporation and Group WorkCamps, Lexington native and contractor Marc Lamoureaux co-hosted the day of service.

LHCDC helped to decide which of the 16 sites needed the most work. The crews performed various landscaping jobs within six hours.

All of the work was voluntary and completed with both monetary and material donations from local businesses worth about $5,000.

"I'm just so grateful to be able to make this happen,” Lamoureaux said. “The need is great, that's the bad thing with all of the work we did today, we probably only made a dent in the big scheme of things, but I know the community is thankful."

Karen Shell of Lexington was hurt in a motorcycle accident 14 years ago losing the activity of her right arm.

Shell said the landscaping work around her home was a God send.

"It's just so nice to have somebody to come and help you do stuff that you're not able to do, especially when you’re handicapped like I am," Shell said.