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Too many snow days meant Spring Break was technically cancelled at most schools in Harrisburg, Ky., but that didn’t stop youth from the community from sharing their time and faith with many Volunteers of America clients this week.

“I wanted to give them an opportunity to see how other people live,” Youth Minister Matthew Riley said. “I wanted to give them a chance to help people and love on people.”

The group came from Southside Christian Church, and came to Shreveport-Bossier through a connection with Church at Bossier. The pastor Josh Garrett is also a part-time tutor at the Bossier LightHouse.

SONY DSCSouthside is his home church, and he wanted to share his passion with them. The group of 31 teens and adults spent the week volunteering at the LightHouse, Adult Day Health Center and Greenwood Lodge, as well as other agencies in town.

Lauren Holderman, 15, spent a morning cleaning out the vegetable garden at Greenwood Lodge in preparation for the spring planting season.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “It seemed like a good experience I love to help.”

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