It was a great start to the new year as Hands On Thomas County (HOTC) honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by making Monday, January 21 a day on, not a day off!
On this annual (and national) morning of service, over 210 individuals came together to serve their community and heed the examples of Dr. King by volunteering at select project sites focused on hunger, literacy, safe housing, and community beautification, as well as empowering others to make a positive difference. Altogether, more than 1200 folks were served on this one morning of service!
Check out the photos below and see more on our Facebook page.
“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A wintry morning did not deter a dozen Thomas County Central Football athletes from showing up at the Habitat for Humanity project site – a new home in the Fletcherville Historic District. The group started early in the morning with a concrete slab, and by lunch, had most of the framework complete. See the transformation below.
At Second Harvest, over 65 volunteers inspected, sorted, and packed pantry boxes that will be given to local seniors and families in need. Among half of those volunteers were from Thomasville High School National Honor Society.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, joined by families, packed overflowing bags of free food staples during the Manna Drop held at J.K. Harper Elementary School, serving more than 388 individuals in need. Recipients also received a bag of fresh sweet potatoes and apples, along with a Live Better recipe card as part of our Healthy Living initiative for 2019 which strives to show that volunteering is a great way to be healthy in heart, mind, and body. In 3 hours alone, more than 236,285 steps were logged by 30 volunteers. That averages to nearly 3 miles per person! Learn more about how volunteering can lead to a healthier you and a healthier community.
Thomasville High School JROTC spent the morning lending a hand for a Thomasville Landmarks Operation C.A.R.E. client at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. After completing the tasks, the volunteers received a tour of the historic building!
Our Book Drive was a huge success, with over 275 books collected! We are very THANKFUL to everyone who donated and to The Bookshelf and Rayann’s Christian Bookstore for being a collection site! You all helped share the joy of reading to more than 37 kids at the Meigs Literacy Fair & Read-A-Thon hosted by The Virtuous Girls Youth Group. Each child in attendance received new books, lunch, door prizes and special book readings from Thomas County Central High School students, an author, and even the Mayor of Meigs!
All in all, it was a wonderful morning of service celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.