Hands On Thomas County (HOTC) celebrated the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during this annual (and national) service day making Monday, January 15 a day on, not a day off! Over 185 volunteers braved the finger-numbingly cold morning by serving at select project sites focused on hunger, literacy, safe housing and community beautification, and empowering people to make a positive difference. In total, we served more than 788 people in our community on this one morning of service! Check out our photos below and see more on our Facebook page.
Despite the cold weather, Thomasville High School AFJROTC stepped up and worked hard at two Thomasville Landmarks Operation Care project sites. At one home, volunteers removed the old paint to get ready for the new. At the other, THS AFJROTC finished painting trim around the windows. The cadets even found some furry friends (kittens) hiding under the house! We always feel good when we go to check on volunteers at a project site and can tell a good time is being had by the laughter and camaraderie — That’s what volunteering is all about – having fun while doing good!
Delta Sigma Theta (DST) volunteered at a Manna Drop at Harper Elementary School distributing food staples to over 361 individuals in need. Volunteers were treated to Grassroots Coffee and even made it on to WTXL ABC 27 News. One DST member remarked on how rewarding this day made her feel when an individual told her she wasn’t sure how she would get her next meal.
The Meigs Literacy Fair & Read-A-Thon had a successful turnout with over 36 children in attendance. The Virtuous Girls Group holds this event every year on MLK Day and provides lunch and door prizes for individuals in attendance. Each child also received a new book that was donated through the HOTC Book Drive. Students from Thomasville High School National Honor Society as well as members from Virtuous Girls had a great time dressing as their favorite book characters and reading to the children.
Over 60 volunteers served at Second Harvest. They sorted food that will be packed into pantry boxes for seniors in our community.
We are proud to celebrate Dr. King and his legacy during this annual day of service, and help others make an impact in our community. A special thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, non-profits, and groups who came together to help make it all happen! We couldn’t do it without your support.
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Find additional photos on our Facebook page.