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Great Day of Service coming up
Volunteers sought to 'do one thing'
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Forsyth County News

At a glance

• Anyone interested in participating in the Cumming First United Methodist Church’s One Great Day of Service on March 24, should register online at www.cfumcga.com or by filling out a registration packet at the church, 770 Canton Hwy. Deadline to register is Sunday.

• For more information, contact Bill Mills, volunteer service coordinator, at (770) 886-0691 or bmills@nai-group.com.

Representatives of a local church are inviting the public to “do one thing” for others.

Cumming First United Methodist Church will hold its annual One Great Day of Service on March 24.

Through the daylong event, the church asks the community to volunteer for numerous service opportunities benefitting various nonprofits.

Neida Streit and Stephani Satterfield, employees of the church, said more than 600 people came out to help during last year’s event.

“About a quarter of those weren’t church members,” Streit said.

Satterfield noted that about 300 people have registered for the day, with its theme of “Do One Thing,” and there is plenty of room for more.

“The deadline to sign up to participate is March 18,” she said. “We do ask them to sign up by that date because there is a lot of logistics that go on that week in between.”

Some of the nonprofits joining in the day include Court Appointed Special Advocates, The Place of Forsyth County, Forsyth County Senior Services and a number of nursing home facilities.

Some volunteers will go to neighboring counties for efforts such as yardwork at Eagle Ranch near Flowery Branch and carpentry projects at Camp Glisson in Dahlonega.

Many of the projects will be held at the church.

Streit said those activities include: baking cookies and making cards for shut-ins; wrapping plastic utensils for Hosea Feed the Hungry; and a Red Cross Blood drive.

Some families with young children and teenagers make the day a tradition, Satterfield said. Among the top activities for children are ice cream socials at nursing homes and assembling care packages for military personal.

There’s also Kids Style Camp, where parents volunteering in activities better suited to adults can leave their children.

The camp will feature various service activities, as well as games and crafts, for children ages 4 to fifth grade.

“But parents have to be volunteering with us for the day in order to leave their children at the camp,” Satterfield said.

Streit said church leaders hope the day’s theme will inspire volunteers to continue helping others.

“We’re hoping they sign up to do one thing for others that day with us, but we want that to lead to them doing at least one nice thing for others every day,” she said.

“It doesn’t have to big, just giving someone a smile or paying the toll for the person behind them on [Ga.] 400 — something like that.”