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A group of sandbaggers is made up of community offenders.

It could be any type of offense from traffic charges to assault charges. They're here to work community service hours because they can't afford to pay their fines.

"I'm not working right now," Archie Jones said. "I'm in the process of going on job interviews, in the meantime, I'm just getting my community service knocked out of the way."

Still, these people don't have to be here. They chose to be here to work their community service when the community needs their help the most.

"They're just not sitting around doing nothing," Alternative Sentencing Coordinator Ashley Lightle said. "They're helping with the community, helping out with the flood efforts and everything that's needed."     

And this effort, it serves more than one purpose for this group.

They're starting to feel good about the work they're doing, knowing they're giving back.