HOTC DAY BY THE NUMBERS:
1,223 volunteers ~ 4,736 hours ~
12,000+ individuals served
47 non-profit/community agencies ~ 63 project sites
WAY TO GO THOMAS COUNTY!
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Saturday, October 21 was a big day for HOTC and for our community! We celebrated our 20th year of Thomas County’s largest collective day of community service – an accomplishment that couldn’t be achieved without the commitment of each and every one of YOU!
More than 1,200 volunteers were all smiles as they came together to give their time and energy under the most perfect blue fall skies.
Our Celebration Luncheon at Cherokee Lake was just that – a CELEBRATION! Volunteers enjoyed a BBQ lunch, ice cream, Italian ice and popcorn. The luncheon this year featured a photo bus, wrecking ball bounce house, raffle drawings, commemorative anniversary banner, disc golf demo and more. It was truly a place of fellowship after a morning of service.
A BIG thank you to Mayor Jay Flowers for presenting HOTC with a proclamation commemorating our 20th anniversary year!
HOTC Day has a huge impact on our community and its citizens – mentally, spiritually and physically. Thank you for making the choice to serve alongside so many friends and neighbors. Here are just a few of the good things we accomplished together:
- NEW projects and partners, including: Step N Stones Autism Academy, Community Teaching Garden at TCRC, Pope’s Museum, Friends & Stars, Thomasville Community Development Corporation, Gentian Creek Preserve and MORE!
- More than 200 trees were distributed at sites in Boston, Coolidge and at Cherokee Lake.
- A preexisting community garden was revitalized in Dewey City.
- Bins at the City of Thomasville Recycling Center at Remington Park got a fresh coat of paint.
- Gravestones were cleaned and grounds were cleared of overgrowth at the Flipper Cemetery.
- Litter was cleaned up on a one-mile stretch of Millpond Road.
- 282 individuals received free food at the Manna Drop at Harper Elementary School – this doesn’t include all the people also served at the Rotary Produce Market that was held on the same day!
- Our youngest volunteers at YMCA Child Care made more than 100 hygiene kits for local human service agencies.
- Other volunteers made: 178 comfort items and Smile Cards for Archbold cancer patients, 175 holiday cards for seniors, 40 Christmas stockings and 60 Christmas cards for local youth organizations.
- And SO much more! Take a look at all the pictures below.
With 63 project sites, everyone had an opportunity to “do good” – and they (YOU) did! Thank you to those who volunteered for our non-profit and community agencies, and to all of the sponsors and donors who make community-minded events like these possible.
Click the map to the right to see all the 2023 project site locations!
Click below to see full images from the day! See more pics on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Photo Credits: JRhodes Photography and Taylor Smith
Special thanks to these Diamond Level & above Sponsors, The Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation, and all of our donors and sponsors for making volunteer programs and events like these possible.