BRISTOL -- As the saying goes: one hand washes the other.
Members of the youth group Teens in Action -- which is part of the St. Francis de Sales Parish -- got to experience the true meaning of the old phrase Thursday, when they helped clear the garden at the Bristol Senior Center of dead brush and weeds.
"It's sort of like a rent payment," said Tom DeNoto, youth minister. "It was partnering together, and we're kind of working off the rent."
DeNoto said administrators at the senior center were nice enough to allow Teens in Action use their gymnasium during the winter school break. They played games like Pickleball, kickball, Wiffle ball and others.
Part of the youth group's mission is "community service related," DeNoto said. "In this case we obviously got a benefit to it."
The youth members spent several hours clearing the senior center community garden Thursday afternoon, paving the way for Bristol residents who wish to rent a plot. Those interested can find more information on the city's website, ci.bristol.ct.us.
"We're just here to till it over and clear the brush," DeNoto continued, adding that Alex Simoni of Alex's Landscaping and More volunteered to help as well.
DeNoto said the Teens in Action group -- made up of children between 8th and 12th grade -- is still relatively new, having only began meeting regularly about six months ago. Anyone interested in joining should contact Father Al Fontana, of St. Francis de Sales Parish, at 860-583-1349.
"We're always looking for new members and for people to come together," DeNoto said.
"We all need resources to fall back on with the adolescent challenges of today."