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Group Offering Free Rides to SPI Spring Breakers

2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 14 2018 Mar 14, 2018 March 14, 2018 9:27 PM March 14, 2018 in News

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – A group of spring breakers said their goal is saving lives.

Fun, sun and great parties. Jack Childress told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he and several of his friends decided to make the trip from Kentucky to experience their first South Padre Island spring break.

He said it was a great decision.

"We've been here for like three days or something like that, and it's probably the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire life," Childress explained.

The Western Kentucky student said he and his friends keep a close watch for wild drivers while walking the strip.

Last year, several pedestrians were killed by a drunk driver. Childress said he's grateful there's a group fighting to keep drunk drivers off the road.

"Very often a police officer will flag us down and they tell the student you can either go to jail or get in the van. And so we come and we take them," Pastor Buddy Young told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.

Young runs an outreach program named Beach Reach. Young and 700 other volunteers are armed with 75 vans offering free rides to anyone on the island. He said catching a ride is easy.

"During the day they flag us down. See a white van with writing on it. At night, they can call the phone number," Young explained.

Young said Beach Reach also hands out flapjacks until 4 a.m. to spring breakers to help them sober up after a long day of partying.

"The Louie’s bar works with us, and they have made a channel so when you come out of Louie’s bar you come right by our pancake breakfast," Young told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.

The group hasn't forgotten the people putting their life on the line to keep everyone safe.

"At the community center, we provide box lunches for all of the first responders, city workers and anybody working with the city. About 250 people," Young said.

Young told CHANNEL 5 NEWS anyone who is interested in volunteering for beach reach next spring break can contact Island Baptist Church.

If anyone needs a ride to a destination while on South Padre Island and are unable to drive, call Beach Reach at 956-761-1611.

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