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Volunteers Help Taunton Family Children's Home With Some Spring Cleaning

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It's the white silky sand of the Emerald Coast that attracts many Spring Breakers, but for a young service fraternity from Texas, it's the mission and relationships with those at the Taunton Children's Family Home in Wewa that brings them here.

"I just have a blast," said Kevin Ellis, a member of Kappa Omega Tau at Baylor University. "It's our spring break and these three days are my favorite days of Spring break."

Dozens of Kappa Omega Tau twenty-somethings are spending the first half of their Spring Break doing service work for the Tauntons.

"We don't have the ability to help hire a big crew to come in and help clean up and it gets beyond us sometimes," said Abigail Taunton.

Abigail and her husband, David Taunton, opened the Taunton Children's Family Home 35 years ago to homeless children. Since then, they have helped more than 200 kids.

In addition to the Baylor University students, another group of volunteers were in town helping the family with their Spring cleaning. 

"This is one of our repeat performances," said Don Libolt, a member of the mission group, the 29'ers. "We come back here quite often, I think is my third year straight of being here."

The 29'ers is a mission group out of Michigan who is back again to lend a hand.

"They always have something to build and they don't have a maintenance man, so after a year they pretty much have a lot of maintenance," said Libolt.

It's also the third time, the Kappa Omega Tau fraternity has chosen this small town of Wewa for its spring break destination.

"We've really just found something a little bit special here," said Ellis. "Just in the relationships and the work we've been doing and the work we've seen them doing here."

Work that Abigail and David Taunton have been doing for the past 35 years and hope has an everlasting impact on others.

"We have been loved so much and we try to love another and when another loves another, it sets off a change reaction that could change the world," said David Taunton.

The Spring Breakers will stay through Monday and the 29'ers still have another week left.
Both groups were also volunteering their time in Calhoun county and Bay County.