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High School Students Give Back on National Day of Service

"Well I think it is really important because together you are a community and you help each other out through like thick and thin,” said Swisher.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - For student Grant Swisher, this Martin Luther King holiday was not a day off. Instead of sleeping in, he decided to wake up and volunteer.

“It feels better to not be sitting at home doing nothing. It’s nice to have some of my friends here helping out and serve the community well,” said Swisher, student at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

With his classmates from the National Honor Society they partnered with the United Way of Franklin County to help resupply food pantries when they need it the most.

"It feels good to help them out when its not during the major holidays," said Swisher.

"Well its a great thing to help out at the food panties during the Christmas holidays you know there are always people that give a lot, then there are the weeks after that pantries get down in their supplies,” said James Zeger, Campaign Chairman at the United Way of Franklin County.

Instead of the canned goods, they want people to donate fresh food items like tomatoes and celery in an effort to keep the community healthy. More than four pantries in the Chambersburg area will benefit from the donations taken at the United Way headquarters and outside in a local shopping center.

"Well I think it is really important because together you are a community and you help each other out through like thick and thin,” said Swisher.

On this national day of service in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther king Jr., Zeger said it’s great to see the future generations supporting the community.

"Some of us have been in the charitable game for quite a few years but its nice to see the younger group getting involved,” said Zeger. “You know they are the future, they are going to have to carry some of this stuff on in years to come"

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