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Making a Difference: The S.O.S. Project

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The S.O.S project has been going on for over 20 years in Vicksburg.

It's a week in June when some homes get needed repairs and people get to know each other better.

It started as a church project for teenagers and then was adopted by several churches. It has now grown into a community project for all ages.

SOS stands for Service Over Self. Bob Moss, one of the original organizers, says everybody involved gets something out of it.

"The participants that work, the students, they get to get their hands dirty and learn something, learn about other people. They learn about giving, they learn about what they can do the rest of their lives, that they can sacrifice some little something to provide somebody else some bigger something."

There are over a dozen houses in Vicksburg getting fixed up and painted this summer. Not a penny is charged to the homeowner.

The young people involved in the SOS project even raise the funds throughout the year to pay for the materials used. Things get done that couldn't be done any other way.

"It's going to make a big difference because I didn't know how I was going to get it done. And I am very, very, VERY grateful," said one homeowner.

Thad Pratt is the leader for this particular team. He himself worked on the SOS projects when he was a youngster. He says he finds this program addictive.

"You get to be with a bunch of good kids and help out. You make a difference in someone's life."

The Vicksburg SOS project was modeled after a similar program in Memphis. 

Other towns have also modeled programs after the one in Vicksburg. So now, every summer, a bunch of people in places like Vicksburg are making a LOT of difference.

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