Area Keystone and Torch clubs members joined a national effort Thursday to provide "Hope for the Homeless."

Nationally, each year, Keystone Club members vote on a national project, which serves as the concentration for service projects and awareness campaigns throughout the year. This year's topic is "Hope for the Homeless: Addressing the Plight of the Homeless and Hungry in America."

Keystone is a club within the Boys and Girls Club made up of teens. Torch Club is for 11- through 13-year-olds.

Locally, members volunteered at the Salvation Army in Ardmore.

"It was fun to help people in need of it," said Alec McDonald, Wilson.

Members stocked food shelves, sorted sacks with eggs that were then given away to people, and served lunch.

"Stacking shelves was really hard at first, but then I got it down," said Lexi Hodges, Wilson sixth grader. "Some stuff was heavy, and you had to find out where it goes."

The Salvation Army appreciated the help.

"I think they did a very wonderful job, and I hope to see them again," said lodge cook Debra Douthit.

Boys and Girls Club of Carter County program coordinator Amy Miller was proud of the youths' work.

"They did a really good job, and they want to come back," she said.

Miller's 4-year-old daughter Jani served as door greeter, telling everyone "hello" and "God bless you."

"It's awesome, because I like it and it's fun," Jani said.