2010-05-13 / Local & State

Volunteers Make A Difference


Adult and Cub Scout volunteers clean up Lions Community Park, one of 21 community projects taking place all across the county on May 1 during Make A Difference Day. About 250 people participated. Adult and Cub Scout volunteers clean up Lions Community Park, one of 21 community projects taking place all across the county on May 1 during Make A Difference Day. About 250 people participated. Approximately 250 Fulton County residents volunteered to help their neighbors on Saturday, May 1, for Fulton County Make A Difference Day. The object of the day was to involve as many volunteers as possible in 21 various community projects occurring all over the county. Much work was accomplished by all of the hardworking volunteers.

The following projects were completed as part of Make A Difference Day:

• Yardwork: local volunteers participated in a total of three local yardwork/cleanup projects;

• Raised Box Gardens: a total of 12 raised box gardens were constructed and placed at the Food Basket, Hann’s Apartments and Mountainview Apartments;

• Tomato Buckets: Fulton County Vo-Tech students assembled a total of 25 tomato buckets that were delivered throughout the county by local volunteers;

• Lions Park Cleanup: adult volunteers along with local Cub Scouts performed park cleanup and painting at the Lions Community Park;

• Senior Entertainment: seniors and nursing-home residents were treated to musical entertainment by a choir arranged by the McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church;

• Lap Blankets: the Hustontown Quilting Club and some other volunteers participated in making lap blankets for long-term care residents at Fulton County Medical Center;

• Military Packages: four packages were prepared by local volunteers and sent to our local deployed military, with plans to complete 20 more in the near future for local enlisted military;

• Cookie Baking: long-term care residents and volunteers made cookies for the local firehalls, state police barracks and nursing desks that were delivered by local volunteers

• Tri-State Community Yard Sale: Tri-State will hold a yard sale on Saturday, May 15, with proceeds to go toward Make A Difference Day

• McConnellsburg Methodist Yard Sale: a yard sale held at the Methodist Church raised $900 dollars that will go toward the shipment of items to be sent to Haiti;

• Lovin’ From the Oven: a total of 23 casseroles were prepared at St. Stephen Catholic Church as well as by individual volunteers and later delivered to local seniors throughout the county;

• Pamper Me: a total of eight seniors were treated to a complimentary day of pampering with hair and nail care by local beauty salons Designs and Styles and Deb’s Beauty Shop;

• Blood Drive: The McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross

• Community Carwash: the Needmore Firehall hosted a carwash run by the Southern Fulton National Junior Honor Society, raising $700 that was given to a local child and her family;

• Hearts for Haiti: elementary and high school students at Central and Southern Fulton schools collected hygiene items, shoes, and flip-flops. The following local businesses posted collection boxes for Haiti items: Community State Bank, Tower Bank, Tri- State Community Health Center, Kimmel Insurance Agency, Save- A-Lot, Dott Village Store and the Fulton County Library. A total of 30 boxes of items were collected. Youths at the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church as well as other local volunteers participated in the disassembly of 68 wooden JLG crates, which will be sent to Haiti as building supplies for the construction of temporary shelters there. All of these items were sorted and boxed by local volunteers and are being sent by sea crate to Haiti this month;

• Flowerpots: a total of 60 flowerpots were made by several local churches (Ebenezer United Methodist, Cito United Methodist and McConnellsburg United Methodist churches) and were delivered throughout the county;

• Construction: a total of eight construction projects involving the building of handicapped ramps, painting and/or minor repairs were completed by local volunteers for recipients throughout Fulton County;

• Infant/Toddler Kits: infant/ toddler kits were assembled by the McConnellsburg United Presbyterian women’s group for the Fulton County WIC program;

• Visitation: several local volunteers provided one-on-one visitation to 12 senior neighbors in Fulton County;

• Union Cemetery: several volunteers and Brownie Troop 1597 helped to plant flowers at Union Cemetery;

• Bag Lunches: United Church of Christ and many individual volunteers prepared cookies for lunches, and volunteers from St. Stephen Catholic Church assembled 200 lunches for Make A Difference Day volunteers that were later delivered by many volunteers to worksites throughout the county.

Fulton County Make A Difference Day was organized by Simple Acts of Kindness, a local outreach program of Fulton County Christian Social Services. Simple Acts of Kindness was founded by local residents Sharon Youngblood and DeAnn Hawkins with the intention of reaching out to help our neighbors in Fulton County. They consider the events of Make a Difference Day to be a great example of what can be accomplished when we put others first.

To learn more about Simple Acts of Kindness or to view pictures in the near future from Make A Difference Day, visit the Web site at www.sakindness.org.

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