The 23rd Great Day of Service was a day where hope was restored to so many in our community thanks to over 900 members and friends of Peachtree Road. Ron Greer led us once again in Communion before we left to served and quoted Karen Russell; “It is a special kind of homelessness…to be evicted from your dreams.” He reminded us of all the broken dreams in our community and we were inspired to go out and help even for just a little while.
“These work days are always a boon to us at St. Paul’s and we always enjoy working alongside your enthusiastic volunteers who are so generous with their time and talents.”
“My four year old was able to sort food at Feed the Hungry and was able to truly understand the value of the work we were doing.”
“We were able to spruce up the exterior home of a single mother of 5 children who lives in the Central Mobile Home Village. We replaced siding, did minor carpentry repairs and painted. Sadly, she is still missing 4 window panes and she shared with us that her interior floors have holes in them where she can see the ground below!”
“I only wish we could have fulfilled all the needs in that neighborhood but I guess we will have to eat the elephant one bite at a time and be happy for the successes that we had.”
These are just a few of the many comments we have heard from the hard working volunteers that truly made a difference in just a few short hours. As the day ended, over 300 came back to the church to enjoy an old-fashioned barbecue cooked by a PRUMC member team led by Jef Wallace and Carter and Travis DeHaven. They stayed up all night to smoke a 250 pound hog and many Boston Butts. It was a perfect way to end a day of service where a little hope was restored and dreams were able to become a reality again.
Join us next year for the 24th Annual Great Day of Service on Saturday, March 19, 2016!
Beth Spencer, Director of Local Outreach and Volunteer Service