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North GA students spend 'Spring Break' clearing storm debris

Students from North Georgia spent their spring break volunteering in South Georgia. (Source: WALB) Students from North Georgia spent their spring break volunteering in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)
Pastor Scott Cates brought a group from his church. (Source: WALB) Pastor Scott Cates brought a group from his church. (Source: WALB)
Brenley York is one of the students who came. (Source: WALB) Brenley York is one of the students who came. (Source: WALB)
Hunter Cates also participated in the cleanup. (Source: WALB) Hunter Cates also participated in the cleanup. (Source: WALB)
There were about 17 volunteers. (Source: WALB) There were about 17 volunteers. (Source: WALB)
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

A group of North Georgia students are getting their hands dirty to help storm victims right here in South Georgia.

They decided to spend their spring break giving back to this community.

It's a sight we've been seeing often in South Georgia, volunteers with chain saws in their hands, clearing debris. 

The January storms brought devastation but they also brought groups of people together.

"It changes your whole outlook on what you think about life," said head pastor of the group Scott Cates. "You go to be a blessing and receive a blessing by God."

The group comes from the Liberty Baptist Church in Tyger, Georgia, a near five and a half hour drive to South Georgia. They've been working since Friday in parts of Doughty and Worth county. 

On Tuesday, they spent time in Sylvester. 

After the storms hit in January Scott Cates came down as a volunteer with Samaritans Purse. 

"It was just total devastation," said Cates. 

This week he came back, bringing middle and high school students and members of his community for their spring break.

"I really wanted to help the people down here that suffered the tornado damage," said Brenley York, a 13-year-old volunteer.

Seventeen-year old Hunter Cates came down as well. He said it's been a lot of fun with his friends.

"It's been a group effort and it's really been the team work that has pulled us through," said Cates.

The group has been working non-stop since Friday.

Cates said they've been touched by all the people they've met. Just yesterday they had the chance to help an elderly couple who had a big tree fall right next to their house. 

"When we pulled up they came out of the house crying and just hugged our kids and loved our kids. It was really just an amazing experience for all of us," said Scott Cates. 

With each and every home they travel to, the group comes with a special message. 

"Christ loves you. That is the message," said Cates. "We come to serve just like he came, literally because he loved us. We came because we love ya'll."

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