BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU volunteers lost a bit of sleep, but gained the satisfaction that comes with helping neighborhoods around Baton Rouge.
"It's a really rewarding experience to be able to go out and help the community," says LSU student Kara Plasco. "It's really nice for them to see that people care that we are willing to clean up for people who just don't have the time or don't have the opportunity to."
Students also helped Cathy Wells, a homeowner who had trees fall into her yard during Hurricane Gustav, creating holes in her yard that flooded when it rained.
Wells says volunteers filled all the holes in her backyard in 23 minutes.
At my age, this is absolutely wonderful to see," says Wells, "Young people that care about one person in the community and the difference that they will make."
Students and other young people aren't just participating in the help efforts, they also started the initiative.
"People are so supportive, and LSU is such a big deal. So many of the students are supported by this city, and it's important to say thank you," says student organizer Ganna Boryshpol.
A total of 1,313 volunteers helped out with the day's festivities.