A day off from school, but not from servanthood
Samaritans from all demographics were finding their way Friday to the 24-hour sandbag station behind the Zephyrhills Cinema 10 on Dairy Road.
The place ran out of bags before lunchtime, but retiree Jerry Vizzone dropped off a few boxes of garbage bags around 5 p.m. Moments later, Alexandra Marulanda, mom of four, donated about 20 boxes.
Cadets from the Pasco-Hernando State College's law enforcement academy logged shifts at the sign-in tent. Roughly 30 yards away, on the other side of the parking lot, cousins Zachary Williams and Dustin Rogers were well into their eighth hour shoveling brown dirt into bags of all sizes.
Neither Williams, a sophomore involved with the ROTC program at Zephyrhills High; nor Rogers, a ninth-grader at The Broach School of Zephyrhills, had school on Friday. But around 9 a.m., both headed over to the station and started hoisting a shovel.
At 7 p.m., they were still shoveling. Their goal was to go 24 hours, but Williams feared his mom would cap their shift at 12.
"I just volunteered to come down here," said Williams, his orange ROTC shirt darkened by sweat. "No one really told me to, I just decided I wanted to help out."