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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
Some Georgia teens are traveling from state to state delivering random acts of kindness to communities. It's part of the Augusta Christian School's mission is to show love to their neighbors in the south.
While many teens are spending their weekend relaxing, more than 30 young people from Augusta Christian schools are using their free time to beautify the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
"We have annual senior mission trips and we decided this is the right place to come; God laid it upon our hearts to come here," student volunteer Drew Norris said.
One of their stops was in Ocean Springs to help several YMCA facilities. While some cultivated their green thumbs by hand picking weeds and planting flowers, others worked inside cleaning and doing interior projects.
"It is a lot of work, but not hard work to me," student volunteer Jabari Odom said.
Although Odom said he doesn't know anyone in South Mississippi, he's enjoys doing good deeds for those in need.
"It is a greatest feeling you ever had," Odom said.
Drew Norris echoed his classmate's sentiment.
"It is kind of cliché, but it is that warm fuzzy feeling inside when you help somebody out you might not know, and you might not see again, but just to see the smile on their face," Norris said.
YMCA's Scott Holden appreciates all the free help, especially during these tough economic times.
"We would have had to pay for labor and the staff here is part time. It takes a lot of time and a lot of money to put into a project like this," Holden said.
Lauren Banks is helping supervise the mission trip, and said it's wonderful that her students are practicing selfless giving. A lesson Banks believes should be taught beyond the four walls of a classroom.
"We have gone to mission trips to New Orleans and that was about two years ago. We went to Alabama last summer after the tornadoes and did two weeks of missions cleaning up," Banks said. "Our mission at Augusta Christian is being the hands and feet of Jesus."
That valuable lesson on giving is something these students said they'll remember as they continue deliver random acts of kindness across the coast. The students also traveled to New Orleans and Mobile to lend a helping hand.
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