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High School Students In Dallas County Make A Difference

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - At Keith High School in Orrville the school's marquee talks about 'conquering and changing lives.'

"They need the most care and attention," a student said as she helps pack up items in a box  for a special trip.

Delivering care and attention, not necessarily in Dallas County but hundreds of miles away.

Still photos from Miami, Florida, show Keith High School students, members of the Future Leaders Group in action; delivering food and basic supplies like toothbrushes and clothing to the orphaned children of Haiti.

"It doesn't matter where I go," said Marcus Cochran.

It was Cochran who felt the call to 'do something' after seeing the devastation from the Haiti earthquake in January.

"We wanted to do something about that," said Cochran.

"They personally wanted to go to Miami and take things to the children," said Shayla Crenshaw, one of the organizers of the trip.

That's what makes this trip unique. The kids gave up their spring break of fun in the sun or maybe just staying at home and paid a visit to the orphanages in Miami, orphanages that care for the children of Haiti, many of whom lost their parents the Haiti earthquake.

Instead of simply shipping gifts and goodies to Haiti or the orphanages, the students sacrificed their time and part of their spring break to physically go to Miami and lend a hand.

WSFA 12 News talked with 17-year old Brendan Collins before he and his classmates made the 9-hour one-way bus ride.  Collins admitted he's never done anything like this before but has an inkling it will be an eye-opener.

"In America we take things for granted like food and clothing," said Collins.

"They want to be in the midst of everything that's going on," said Crenshaw.

To do that Shayla Crenshaw says group leaders such as Cochran and Collins went around the Orrville community and collected a little money for the Haitian children.

"Martin Middle School for example donated 50 cases of water. It's amazing how they've gone through the area and said, 'hey guys.. we want to make a difference,' said Crenshaw.

Even a business got in the act, donating a car load of baby supplies.

"For those of us who have children we were just thinking what we would need if we didn't have anything like diapers, wipes, and towels," said Pioneer Electric Co-op spokeswoman Angela Green.

The Future Leaders Group returned to Orrville early Monday morning around 1:15, tired yet satisfied they had done a good thing. They tell WSFA 12 News the experience was a mixed bag of sadness and happiness. It also made them more appreciative of the life they have back home.

Making a difference in the lives of orphaned children by thinking outside the box.

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