NEWPORT BEACH — With tools in hand, a group of local high school boys spent a day getting their hands dirty in someone else's yard.
The boys gutted the place, pulling out everything from roots to trees to make way for new plants and flowers.
But pulling out the trees that Sunday morning was no easy feat, so dads were on hand to help out, said Charlie Welsh, a freshman at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.
"That's when you need the big, old football players," the 15-year-old said Thursday at the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach.
The boys are part of the Newport-Mesa chapter of the Beach City Service League, a philanthropic organization for high school boys and their mothers to spend time together to better the community.
A group of 27 members came together Feb. 13 to re-landscape the front and backyards of a boys' group home in Santa Ana. Some of its members also made a 10-foot wooden picnic table and benches by hand for the yard.