Gainesville organizations volunteer at Grace Market Place before the holidays

Multiple organizations around Gainesville volunteered at Grace Marketplace ahead of the holidays.

UF student organizations Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Reason To Give teamed up to provide bagged lunches to residents. The lunches included sandwiches, chips and water.

"We are out here trying to help them of our free will and the kindness of our hearts," said Samuel Nelzy a volunteer.

Gainesville's Yoga Loka Project also came to replant flower beds around the grounds. They try and come twice a year to help revitalize the shelter by painting buildings and planting flowers.