Thursday. Whew, what a day! We were optimistic that these kids could handle what we had in store. And boy, did they! Thursday’s theme – Human Services – focused on working with local agencies who help and support our community members in times of need or crisis.
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We started our morning at Scott Senior Center. Although currently (and still) closed due to COVID-19, HOTC and our campers have a relationship with the facility, and the people, that goes way back, so we thought it would be a perfect spot for our very first camper-run Manna Drop (free food distribution).
Food insecurity is a serious issue throughout southwest Georgia, so with the assistance of Second Harvest, Thomas County Public Works, and with a special appearance from Thomasville Police Department, the kids took on the task of feeding neighbors in need. In just under 2 hours, they unloaded, sorted, packed, and handed out thousands of pounds of food staples from flour to canned stew. That is quite a feat! We almost didn’t think we were going to get it all done, but we did. Which just proves that these kids can do anything given the chance.
You would think that would have been enough to call it a day…nope! From there, we packed up some remaining food boxes and reported to the Salvation Army where, for another 2 hours, we washed their vehicles. stocked the food pantry, organized the thrift store, and cleared limbs and debris from the Needham House. Every one of our campers finished strong and proud of their accomplishments: Tired but inspired. That, folks, is how you volunteer.
THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, volunteers, non-profits, and groups who support our volunteer events and programs, especially our Diamond Level (and above) Sponsors Ashley HomeStore, New Hire Solutions, Mr. & Mrs. Russell Chubb, Mr. & Mrs. Howell L. Ferguson, Ms. Diane W. Parker, and Dr. & Mrs. Philip C. Watt; as well as the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation for helping to make youth programs like this possible.