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Florida church group helps Albany citizens

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Janae Borges (WALB image) Janae Borges (WALB image)
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A youth group from Florida is back in Albany on an annual mission trip to help beautify our city.

These kids are here from Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. This year marks the ninth year the group has come to Albany as part of the mayor's call to service program.

Thirty three kids are on a mission to travel and make small cities a little more beautiful.

"We come from a big community so it's fun traveling to smaller communities and help out and keep the city beautiful," said Janae Borges of Jacksonville, FL.      

They have traveled more than two hundred miles from their church in Jacksonville to make a difference here in Albany.

 "We are really trying to grow a community and just help everybody," Spencer Royal O'Brian of Jacksonville, FL.

This is just one of eight groups that will be working in Albany this summer through Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful.

Judy Bowles of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful said,  "It's all about enhancing someone else's world and if you start teaching them at a young age. Well they should be doing it through adulthood."

The kids come out and work 9 to 5. Even in the heat, they are having a good time.

"They are having a good time even with the gnats and heat and it's because they are together with friends and they are making the work fun," said Bowles.

Making the work fun as they give back to a community. "We learn to give back and it's not just all about you, it's about helping to give back too," said Borges.

This week they will also be putting out storm drain markets, making food boxes and even picking up litter. 

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