Even though we didn’t expect a huge turnout, HOTC Day 2020, on Saturday, October 17, definitely had a huge impact on our community and its citizens, mentally and physically. It felt so good to serve alongside (virtually and actually) 700+ of our friends and neighbors! And look at some of the good things we accomplished together:
- A Manna Drop (free food distribution) was held in all 7 cities in Thomas County: Boston, Coolidge, Metcalfe, Meigs, Ochlocknee, Pavo, and Thomasville. More than 750 local families received boxes of food that morning.
- Community Beautification efforts from spreading pine straw for Vashti to installing Christmas lights for the City of Thomasville to picking up litter at the Ochlocknee River and in neighborhoods throughout Thomas County.
- Several non-profits received facility maintenance from creating a new exercise room at the YMCA to washing buses at the MNW Boys & Girls Club to removing decrepit playground equipment at the Salvation Army to cleaning out storage at Never Lost and First Option Care.
- Lawn Brigade hit the stree…er…yards of families in Thomasville with mowers, rakes, and hedge clippers.
- DIY and Grab & Go volunteers made comfort items for local patients, dog and cat toys for local shelters, Smile Cards for seniors, holiday cards for soldiers, and positivity rocks which are now hidden throughout the community (be on the lookout!).
- Virtual volunteers learned how to recognize and respond to suspected child abuse with The Treehouse, as well as human trafficking with Break The Chain.
With 46 Independent and Traditional project sites, there was a way for everyone to participate safely and comfortably. Thank you to everyone who volunteered, and to all of the sponsors and donors who make community-minded events like these possible.