MARSHALL/HARRISON COUNTY (KYTX) - When incoming freshmen arrived at East Texas Baptist University today -- they got some unexpected hands.
Dozens of students, faculty and staff at the Marshall school welcomed incoming freshmen and their families -- by helping them unload their belongings.
School leaders say it's been a yearly tradition for current students to welcome freshmen pack into their new dorm rooms.
"I wanted to know where they were when I was packing this stuff, and would loved to have had that experience when I moved into school. It's a blessing."
Local churches also greeted students with drinks, snacks and lunch -- including barbecue and shish-ka-bobs.
Freshmen will join other students and faculty in doing service work throughout the Marshall community on Friday.
ETBU Cares Community Service Locations
Marshall Manor Visiting with residents, calling Bingo Corner of S. Washington & Merritt
Heritage House Visiting w ith residents and calling Bingo 5915 Elysian Fields Road
Reunion Inn Visiting with residents and calling Bingo. 2801 East Travis
Oakwood House Visiting with residents and calling Bingo 2907 Victory Drive
Mission Marshall Help with produce distribution in parking lot of 2408 West Pinecrest
Immanuel Baptist Church A small group will go to Mission Marshall S. Washington & Pinecrest
My Friend's House Working outdoors at this ministry, which befriends the homeless and needy
Lee Elementary Help prepare school for year ahead Corner of Poplar & Calloway
South Marshall Help prepare school for year ahead 1600 Meadow
Carver Elementary Help prepare school for year ahead 2302 Holland
Crocket Elementary Help prepare school for year ahead 700 Jasper
Travis Elementary Help prepare school for year ahead 300 East Carolanne
Kids Club Housing Authority of Marshall, Poplar Street Poplar Street
Kids Club Belaire Manor Apartments 1400 Julie
Kids Club Ward Plaza Apartments 1603 MLK Blvd (west loop)
Kids Club Ryan's Crossing Apartments 1500 MKL Blvd (west loop)
Boys and Assist staff in cleaning inside facility 1500 Charleston Street
Girls Club preparing for fall afterschool programs. Behind High School by City Pool