Bakersfield students give up spring break festivities to give back

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Spring Break has begun for students in Kern County, and several students were caught cleaning the community.

On March 25, students from Canyon Hills Assembly of God spent the first day of their spring break helping the homeless at the Mission at Kern County.

The group served food, cleaned, and picked up trash.

One student volunteer said 'it gives you a good feeling and you have fun while doing it. I think it feels good to see people smiling."

The students also sacrificed some of their vacation time to support the homeless.

A student said "what better time is it then our time to help people because they needed it more than anything else."

This service could serve as a catalyst for change for some who are down on their luck.

"These little kids here keep me going in life.  That makes me realize that I got something to look for in the future," said a shelter resident James Reeves.

The 30 volunteers sacrificed their Spring Break this week, not to go to the mall or play video games, but instead served the homeless a meal with a smile.

"I feel better about giving up my Spring Break and making the community a better place," said Madelaine Lautsch.

And the mission appreciated Youth Groups like Canyon Hills donating their time to make a difference, as well.

"It's a huge help," said Carlos Baldovinos with the Mission at Kern County. "It's a great way of partnering with us here at the Mission and it's good to have them here."

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