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Northeast resident Mary Queen at her home, which was revamped by volunteers with former President Bill Clinton's charitable group.
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Northeast resident Mary Queen at her home, which was revamped by volunteers with former President Bill Clinton's charitable group.

Some homeowners in Northeast D.C. are beginning their week on a good note after a visit from a former President and hundreds of students.

Several hundred volunteers from President Bill Clinton's Global Initiative University swept and cleaned up, painted and drilled. The college students from all over the world repaired a handful of homes in NE's Lincoln Heights neighborhood Sunday as part of the university's training. 

The former president hosted nearly 1,000 scholars interested in humanitarian causes. 

"There are a lot of wonderful people who live here," Clinton told the gathered students. "They need and deserve the work you're going to do today."

One of those people was Mary Queen, who's almost 80 and partially disabled. It was hard to tell if she was more exited about having her house completely redone or meeting President Clinton.

"It was exciting just to shake his hand," she said. "I met a couple other presidents, but none as close as I was to him … he gave me a kiss!" Clinton's volunteers worked side by side with volunteers from Rebuilding Together.

At Kelly Miller Middle School a few blocks away, about 300 other Clinton volunteers worked with the United Services Organization to put together several thousand care packages that will be sent to troops serving overseas. 

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