Saginaw County students participate in a day of service

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/18/17) - There was a lot of painting - even the dog got in on it - and planting at the Mustard Seed Homeless Shelter for women and children. High school students from across Saginaw County showed up to the shelter Thursday to spruce it up.

"Just making our shelter look nice for this neighborhood and everyone who comes through our doors," said Amy Bartels Roe, of the Mustard Seed Shelter.

The shelter provides a warm bed and basic needs for up to 13 women and children.

"We provide shelter and food and showers and laundry and help them as they rebuild their lives," Roe said.

More than 200 volunteers from 14 Saginaw County high schools participated in the annual Spring Into Service event.

Heather Miller is junior at Freeland High school and it's her second year volunteering.

"It makes the community more proud, it makes the community look great, just pride," Miller said.

For Miller and other students who spent their day at the Mustard Seed Shelter, they realize it's much more than a beatification project, but rather a meaningful way to plant seeds of hope in the lives of those who have fallen on hard times.

Nicholas Rappuhn, a student at Saginaw Heritage High School says it makes him feel good in his heart to help out other people who are in need.

"Since I have what I need and some people don't, to help out is always good," Rappuhn said.

"Some people are less fortunate than I am, that's why I like helping out here," Miller said.

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