College students use holiday time off to aid locals after flood

College students use holiday time off to aid locals after flood

BRITTONS NECK, SC (WMBF) - In the spirit of giving, some students are saying 'No' to their Christmas vacation and choosing instead to help those still suffering from the recent flood.

Brittons Neck is an area where many people say they've felt forgotten after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. Now students from Clemson, USC, and others are answering the call.

"My home has been here since 1957. I mostly built it myself," said Curtis Taylor.

Taylor said he wasn't sure how he would ever save his home, until a group of college kids showed up at his doorstep.

"We had to move out all at once. Really fast. We didn't have time to save anything," Taylor said. "These college students, they helped me out wonderfully. I just appreciate it and thank the lord that he sent them to help us."

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry found students from all across the state who volunteered their Christmas vacation to help Taylor and others like him.

"Family members that have been assisting, churches that have been assisting, but the help from these young people has just been beyond anything we could have imagined," said Jerry Pace, a local pastor and disaster relief coordinator.

"Not until you actually see what these people are actually going through do you actually realize the impact that these types of disasters have," said SC State junior, Jalen Ryant.

"God gave me a servant's heart," said Clemson senior, Andrew Osborne. "It brings me a lot of joy to be able to do things for other people and on top of that I've also got to meet and work with a lot of great people and even like Mr. Curtis. We've got to talk to him and again that just makes it all worth it."

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