Our goal this week is to complete a service project in each of Thomas County’s cities: Meigs, Boston, Pavo, Coolidge, Metcalfe, Ochlocknee, and Thomasville. Today, we volunteered in Metcalfe and at Second Harvest.
First thing in the morning, we were on the bus for the drive to Metcalfe (don’t forget the E!). This small town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And is famous for being featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 film Stranger On A Train, and its Orange Crush mural.
In partnership with the Metcalfe Community Association (MCA) and Professor Rich Curtis from Thomas University, we painted five canvas murals that will be used at festivals and events like their annual Spring Market, and as a “picture spot.” We also had time to hide a few painted Thomas County Rocks. For a job well done, we were treated to lunch catered by Mary’s Kitchen (if you haven’t been, you should – it’s a great reason to visit Metcalfe), and of course, Orange Crush sodas.
After a delicious lunch and short break, we were back on the bus to Thomasville and the Second Harvest warehouse. Second Harvest of South Georgia is our region’s largest food bank and distribution center which battles food insecurity. Today, we helped pack food boxes that will be distributed to neighbors in need. We averaged 100 boxes every 15 minutes! The kids were so fast and efficient, that we actually ran out of boxes to pack.
Wednesday, “humpday”, is usually the hardest day because we are sooooo tired. This year, it was Thursday that had us “tired, but inspired.” We plan to finish strong on Friday, our last day of service camp!
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.