More than 300 volunteers spent Saturday, July 26, at the beach, matched one-on-one with at-risk kids from schools, shelters and foster care programs across Los Angeles County.

Children and their mentors rode boogie boards, took surf lessons and ran in relay races along the coastline at Eighth Street and The Strand in Manhattan Beach.

Despite living in Southern California, many of the children have never been to the beach or stepped foot in the ocean.

Rather than simply writing a check or dropping off a bag of clothing, volunteers said the annual event gives them a chance to bond and interact with those they are helping, making the experience all the more rewarding.

Day at the Beach, run by the nonprofit P.S. I Love You Foundation, is in its 19th year.

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