With the weather warming up, most people probably aren’t thinking about getting a new coat – unless they were among the folks helped out by crews of kind-hearted kids who united to paint people’s homes this week, during Sauk Valley Unite’s service camp. Several area churches got together in 2018 to form Sauk Valley Unite as a way to promote service and worship in a fun and meaningful way. This year’s camp ran from Tuesday through Friday, during which time students played games, worshipped, heard guest speakers, listened to bands, and lent some helping hands to their community by painting homes – for free – for people who aren’t physically or financially able to do it themselves. Last year, they painted five homes; this year, they topped themselves and freshened up six. The homes are selected through an application process and crews of students and adult leaders fan out across the area to provide their service with a smile. This year's camp drew 32 volunteers for the painting project, and Sherwin Williams, Sterling Paint, and Grummert's in Rock Falls donated paint. To learn more about the group, make a donation, or apply to have a home painted, go to saukvalleyunite.org or find Sauk Valley United on Facebook. go to saukvalleyunite.org or find Sauk Valley United on Facebook.