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Valdosta teens spend their summers volunteering

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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Some Valdosta teenagers are dedicating their summer vacations to helping out a local hospital.

South Georgia Medical Center will have 35 youth volunteers lending a hand this summer.  The teens will work closely with twenty hospital departments, helping to discharge patients, take inventories, and interact with patients on the floor.

The program was designed for students interested in the field of health care, and also for those looking to give back to their community.

"The hospital is really important to our community because we need it to help people when they get sick or when they need surgery--those types of things," says 9th grader Hunter Pope.  "When you're working at a hospital, you're helping those people and bettering your community."

"I have a weak spot for helping people," adds Attallah Flucas, a rising 11th grader.  "I like to put a smile on people's faces."

All volunteers are between 14 and 17 years old.  The teens are dedicating a significant amount of time to the hospital, working six hour shifts each day they volunteer.

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