On Thursday evening the volunteers provided a free community picnic. The night included a song tribute and reflection to honor the memories of Troopers Marshall Bailey and Eric Workman. The officers, who served Clay County, were killed last August in the line of duty.
"Our hearts were touched and moved by the loss and certainly we as a church had prayed for the families and for the community," Boggs said.
Melinda Isaacs, principal of Clay County High School, said the volunteers' work was desperately needed. Many of the high school students benefited from the home repair service projects they did, Isaacs said.
"There aren't a lot of opportunities in Clay County, particularly in the summer for kids to stay active and stay around each other and to have some leadership," Isaacs said. "This year in particular our summer school opportunities are smaller. So this is filling a void."
Boggs moved to Elkview as a sixth-grader and he graduated from Herbert Hoover High School. He says Clay County is different from when he left it.
For instance, many of the mining jobs that were there are gone, he said.
"When I lived here, coal was beginning to wane," Boggs said. "But in the 50s and 60s on a Saturday if you walked downtown Clay from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the streets were crowded -- all the businesses and all the streets were full.
"So it's kind of sad to see that that's not where Clay is."
Boggs said he hoped that the work volunteers did would help spark renewal in Clay.
"If we can be just a little piece of that, we certainly want to help out in whatever way we can," Boggs said.Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.