On a 90 degree day, the last thing you'd expect anyone to be doing is yard work, but a group of young people in Lynchburg had no problem working outside.
"If you want to change something, you've got to get up and do it yourself," said Alana Andreorio, one of more than 100 Lynchburg-area students who took part in the city's annual "Youth Day of Caring."
Participants spent Friday doing service projects, like pulling weeds and painting benches.
"It helps the youth learn how important it is to give back to the community, but it also lets the adults in our community see the youth doing positive, active things," said Dana Wright, coordinator for Lynchburg's "Youth Day of Caring."
At Lynchburg's Old City Cemetery, volunteers trimmed bushes and cleaned up debris. It would have taken all day for a much smaller group of city workers to do what the young volunteers got accomplished in just one hour.
"It helps the community and gives it a more pleasurable look," said Andreorio. "It helps the people who come through here, and the environment."
The fun wasn't limited to outdoor activities. Kids spent time playing games with seniors at the Adult Care Center.
"I give joy to these people, and I get joy for myself," said Lillian Phelps, a young volunteer at the Adult Care Center. "I like seeing smiles on other people's faces."
The interaction brought more than a smile to Lee Russell Johnson's face.
"Oh, it makes me feel young again!" said Johnson.
It's been months since she's seen her own grandchildren. Interacting with the volunteers brought tears to her eyes.
"Oh Lord, it just makes my heart feel so good," Johnson said.
By working on a hot day, participants in the Youth Day of Caring hope everyone will be inspired to volunteer.
"Get up and help! Don't sit around and be lazy," said Andreorio. "Air conditioning sounds good, but coming out and helping can be a big thing."
The 13th annual "Youth Day of Caring" was sponsored by the City of Lynchburg's Juvenile Services Department, in conjunction with Lynchburg Youth Services, Inc.