AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - The debris piles kept popping up on the curbs as USC Aiken students and staff helped clean up a Crosland Park neighborhood.
Kara Kreutzer, USC Aiken's women's cross country coach says it's important for the students to help the community as much as possible.
"Just thought we'd try to give back to the community because our community loves us and we love them," she says.
Student athletes and members of various organizations went to areas that were in need of help the most.
And the staff was proud of the students for helping out on their weekend off.
"There are a lot of things they could be doing on their Sunday afternoon but I'm glad they're out here working hard," Kreutzer.
Students like Micah Hurtt say they're happy to help a community who shows them so much support.
"USC Aiken and the Aiken community are very much tied together. They support us when we need help and likewise we support them back," Hurtt says.
Women's cross country member Colleen Cirillo echoes Hurtt and knows how important cleaning up the community is.
"Now we can help the people who's homes were destroyed because our rooms were okay. It's nice to be able to look around and see there are people out here that need help and we can give back and represent our school in a positive way," she says.
The students started at 2 p.m. and worked into the early evening. They didn't mind the heavy lifting and the long hours, they enjoyed being part of a bigger team today.
Abby Sorrenson, another women's cross country runner, says it helped build bring all the teams together.
"We're all working as a team together, not just our team but all the teams together is making us a lot stronger," Sorrenson says.
"The fact that I'm able to represent my organization, the school and do what I do best, helping others, that's what I'm about," says Hurtt.
"The Aiken community has been so supportive of USC Aiken for many years, and this is an opportunity where we can make another positive difference in our community," said Randy Warrick, director of athletics at USC Aiken.
"As our students know, one of our most recognized sculptures on campus and a symbol we frequently use, the double knot, symbolizes the University's close ties with the local community," Warrick said. "And, in the spirit of the double knot, we are giving back."
The students also helped clean up areas like Edgewood and Governor Aiken Park to make sure most of the debris is ready for pick up this week.