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Over the past three days I volunteered with a group of high school students that have been serving the Charleston community. I have come home dirty, exhausted, and amazed by the youth in this community.

We spent two days at the Florence Crittenton House and one day at the Lowcountry Food Bank. These kids scrubbed floors and walls in a kitchen; cleaned and reorganized a food pantry; painted hallways, a kitchen, and an office; raked up almost twenty bags of leaves; and packed well over 100 boxes of canned and dry goods. They did not balk at anything they were asked to do and would pitch in wherever additional help was needed.

Checking in Monday afternoon with Love God Serve Charleston (LGSC) at James Island Christian Church the kids began early the next morning with a good breakfast. Afterward they loaded up in various cars to head out to locations like Pet Helpers, Legare Farms, Dream Center Clinic , Charleston Animal Society, and others. They spruced up yards in some of the rougher neighborhoods in Charleston, painted fences out on John’s Island, and provided some much needed help at the pet shelters.

Like I said, I was amazed. We all should be amazed at the potential of the youth in our communities. They are so willing and so giving. What a great example they can set for us all.

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About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

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