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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - God Squad lends a hand to Croton seniors at 3rd Annual Spring Cleaning

Croton-on-Hudson, New York (April 30, 2016) – Holy Name of Mary’s youth group, “God Squad,” cleaned gutters and windows, set up patios, raked and weeded yards, and turned over community gardens in preparation for Spring planting, as part of its 3rd annual “Spring Cleaning” initiative.  God Squad has been providing this service each fall and spring for the senior citizens of its parish community.

The Spring Cleaning that took place on Saturday included 8 homes in the Croton community and over 30 student and parent volunteers, according to Holy Name of Mary Youth Minister, Carl Barnes. The Spring and Fall Cleaning events provide teenagers throughout Croton an opportunity to satisfy their community service hours for their Churches or Temple as well as graduation requirements.  This service project is open to anyone in the local community.

“The Fall and Spring Cleaning events were originally set up to bridge the generation gap between our young adults and the senior citizens of our local community,” according to Mr. Barnes.  “This is also a great way to help our local seniors with household chores that many of us take for granted, maintain their independence and in some cases allow our seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible,” he continued.  “I have noticed in the 3 short years that we have been offering this service, that some of our seniors have moved on to assisted living facilities, and we just want to be able to help them with their homes for as long as we can,” he declared.

Contact: Carl Barnes - Holy Name of Mary, Youth Minister (914) 263-3111

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