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Mercer students give back to community for spring break

Instead of planning a week-long getaway, some Mercer students are using their spring break vacation to give back/Barmel Lyons (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Instead of planning a week-long getaway, some Mercer students are using their spring break vacation to give back.

Spring Break for Service is a group made of Mercer University students. The theme of service for the group this year is "homelessness and hunger."

Cars wrapped around the Saint Paul Church Thursday morning and people waited in line to receive financial assistance from Georgia Power, as well as food from the Middle Georgia Foodbank.

Rosa Colbert says the reality is more people in Macon are in need of help than you may realize.

"We all are in hard times and some of us are really running into hard times," she said. "I just think they need to come on out."

Mercer student and Director of Volunteer Operations Kalon Hightower says giving back opens your eyes to what is really going on in the community.

"When you reach out and you reach into your community and serve, you see things you normally wouldn't see," Hightower said. "And then you also see that the people in the community are just like you -- they just have different circumstances."

David Griffin, executive director of Middle Georgia Foodbank, says the poverty level in Macon just keeps rising.

"In our area it is up to 22-23 percent," he said. "When you look at Macon itself, it is in the 30th percentile."

Griffin says helping another is not a hand out, but a hand up.

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