Despite Saturday’s cold and wet weather, more than 125 teens from York County school groups, churches and more spent much of the day cleaning, scrubbing, and just plain helping out others.
Eight groups of young people participated in the annual Rock Hill Youth Service Day by cleaning, spending time with senior citizens, and generally giving back.
Virginia Horne, 18, a senior at Rock Hill High School and president of the city’s Youth Council, said that service to others is something that a person of any age can offer.
“To bring a smile to someone’s face, just by your effort, that’s what it is all about,” Horne said.
Rock Hill was represented by the Beta Club and several honor societies and teen groups that put service ahead of self. Elizabeth Conley, 15, Daisy Rhoad, 16, Jessica Garrett, 15, and Tamesha Benson, 15, all were asked why they were spending the day volunteering instead of something else.
“Community,” each said.
The effort is worth the results in any community project, said Kayla Phan, president of the American Red Cross student group from Rock Hill High.
“I do this every year, a bunch of us, do, and it is great,” Phan said.
The groups cleaned a youth camp, school grounds, church grounds, a community center, while some found homebound seniors at nursing homes to spend time with. Rock Hill city workers coordinated the event, and provided free pizza, but the kids did all the work.
Jasmine Gil, president of the Beta Club at South Pointe High School, said that service to community is the whole idea.
“I just love helping people,” Gil said.
A Salvation Army group organized the food pantry and clothes closet at Oakland Baptist Church.
“We all just want to help people,” said Danielle Harrison, 13.
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