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Look for the Helpers: Teens glean trees, deputies drive-by birthday surprise

As our area is faced with ongoing changes due to a growing pandemic, we are bringing stories of people doing good in the community during a time of uncertainty.

Look for the helpers.

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Teen Gleaners

Two Santa Barbara High School students started a free service to help the hungry.

Noah Wood and Andrew Douglas call themselves, 'Teen Gleaners' and will come to your home and glean any extra produce you have on your trees or in the ground.

Then they deliver it to food banks and other food distribution services.

Wood and Douglas said they had a little 'extra time' on their hands and wanted to help after seeing so many people struggling to put food on the table.

Local Discovery

Forrest Galante, local resident and outdoor adventurer, has a new show on Discovery Channel.

You may recognize him as the host of 'Extinct or Alive' on Animal Planet.

His new show is called 'Impossible Croc Rescue' and chronicles Galante as he travels to Indonesia to help local conservation groups rescue a giant saltwater crocodile that is ailing from a tire stuck around it's neck as a result of pollution.

The show airs April, 22 at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel coinciding with Earth Day.

Sheriff's Birthday Drive-by

Officers with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department surprised a young boy with a drive-by birthday greeting.

They drove by in their patrol cars honking and shouting "Happy Birthday, Marco!" from their speakers.

The department posted video on its Instagram page writing, "People are rarely this excited when we show up to parties!"

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