Reporter: Melissa McKinney
ASHFORD, AL (WSFA) -- Call it a spring spruce-up for folks in Ashford just wanting to make one beloved place a little prettier.
"The library touches all of our hearts," says Ashford resident, Martha Shelley.
The public library got some tender love and care as residents worked to mow grass, pull up weeds, and wash windows.
It's all part of a community-wide effort of nearly 20 service projects in Houston County. It's called Spirit of Service, a day that's been around for 20 years.
"To see people take pride in what's left of a small town, to get out and work like we've done today. It just gives you a joy," says Shelley.
Nearly 75 people came out to help in Ashford, and leaders say over half of them were teenagers--including Erica Walls.
"To be honest, I didn't really want to come. But, after feeling as good as I do now, knowing that I helped out and I was a part of this, you'll feel a feeling that's undescribable," says Walls.
But the feeling of accomplishment for these folks isn't just found in the work they've done, but in families now enjoying the library that much more.
"It's just wonderful. It's a lovely day, and maybe next year we can help out, too," says Ashford resident, Kim Rumler.
It's a sentiment shared by many, especially Erica, who's vowing to make helping out a regular activity.
"It is work, but it's not just work. It's about getting along with your friends, and knowing that your friends were a part of helping. That touched me."