On Sept. 6, more than 140 members and friends of North Georgia United Methodist churches reached out to serve residents in Banks, Athens-Clark, Jackson and Habersham counties during the third annual “Great Day of Service.”
Volunteers from Commerce First, Homer, Warren Chapel and other Methodist churches including Mount Bethel and Hickory Flat reached out to community residents providing individuals and families with food, diapers, personal care kits, fresh bread and crocheted blankets as well as mowing lawns and cleaning homes.
“Many church members took time on Saturday to pray for the safety of volunteers and the success of their efforts,” Pastor David Bowen of First United Methodist Church of Commerce said.
Special attention was given to seniors. Trees and bushes were trimmed, lawns mowed and homes cleaned. Fresh bread was delivered to homebound residents. Blankets were knitted and crocheted for seniors from squares crocheted earlier in the month. Seniors at Peachtree Village in Commerce were even treated to a cookie-coloring party with young children and their parents.
First United Methodist Church of Commerce served individuals including the homeless in Athens by providing more than 240 sandwiches, beverages, fruit and chips in bag lunches distributed at First Baptist Church of Athens. In Jefferson, volunteers spent the day stocking the selves of Peace Place Thrift Store where proceeds go to survivors of violence in surrounding counties. Other activities included writing letters to soldiers serving overseas and local shut-ins.
Homer United Methodist Church spearheaded a diaper drive to meet the needs of residents in and around Baldwin, where more than 130 families drive to Grace Point Retreat in Baldwin to receive donations of clothing and diapers.
“We work to meet the needs of these families year-round,” Homer UMC Pastor Jim McLendon said.
Boy Scouts also put together more than 50 personal care kits for the Banks Jackson County Emergency Food Bank.
Warren Chapel led the drive to supply more than 400 boxes of food to families in the Banks and Jackson County area. The “Feed My Sheep Program” was actively supported by Walmart and Quality Foods, allowing volunteers to solicit shoppers for food donations such as canned goods, peanut butter and jelly, cereal and rice.
Money donated to local Methodist churches was used to buy food from the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia to fill food boxes. Area residents drove to Warren Chapel UMC to pick up food or had the food delivered to their homes.