BRAZORIA — Mayor Roger Shugart was delighted to have some help cleaning up parts of Brazoria from two youth groups this week, he said.

Kids from the First Baptist Church in Brazoria and the Foothills Southern Baptist Church from Uma, Arizona, showed up in the summer heat with brooms and paintbrushes, ready to spend the day beautifying the City Hall parking lot and city water plant.

“It reminded me of President Kennedy’s speech about asking what you can do for your country,” Shugart said. “Ask not what your city can do for you but what you can do for your city. I am really grateful they are here.”

Between 40 and 45 kids turned out to help the city. They were separated into three groups to tackle to different projects, including restriping the parking lot, painting the water plant and cleaning up some park areas.

“We always look for ways we can serve others. The Bible tells us how important service is,” said Robert Durfee, a 22-year-old volunteer from Foothills Southern Baptist Church.

Shugart said with the recent rain in Brazoria, he worried the youth groups wouldn’t be able to work on projects this week. But a sunny, cloudless morning arrived just in time, Shugart said.

This is the first time a youth group has asked to help with city maintenance, he said.

While the Brazoria-area youth group volunteers for different community projects each summer, the children from Arizona drove quite a distance to donate their time for a week-long mission trip, Durfee said, something he and others felt was important to do.

Shugart said there are always projects around the city and this is a great way for kids and young adults to build character and learn from working in the community during their summer break.

“We’re giving back to the community and really showing our love,” Group Leader Debbie Durfee said.

Courtney Blackann is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0152.

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