LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Students at McNeese State University wanted to get out of their comfort zone for their latest community project. A day full of games, gardening and food was part of the project by members of the McNeese State University NAACP at Brookdale Assisted Living on Country Club road in Lake Charles.
"So it was pretty cool to actually sit down and interact and just get together with people who probably grew up in a whole different world than today," said Tyler Dixon, chapter president.
The young students started the day by replanting one of the home's outdoor gardens and continued with the them serving lunch and washing the dishes.
"It's good because it helps me learn about them," said member Chassity Bradford. "To see them happy, it makes me happy."
"I just want them to know that we still care about them," said Andrew Carruth. "Even though we're a younger generation where we look like we're always on our phones. But we do look away and we take care of the older generation. They really built for us the opportunities that we have. It's really good to give back to them."
"I feel like it's not based on color," said Christian West. "More like we're just giving back to them and they're enjoying our time and we're enjoying them."
The students hope lessons were learned on both sides.
"A lot of the people who came today have experience hatred and maybe a little back side from people who aren't the same as them," said Dixon. "So today, they got to see and learn that everybody's not the same."
The McNeese NAACP chapter is planning more events to interact with the older community in the future.