If you’re going
* What: 3 Days of Hope
* When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
* Where: North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Hwy.
* Cost: Free
* For a complete list of services and times they will be provided, go to www.3daysofhope.us or call (770) 781-5433.
FORYSTH COUNTY -- North Lanier Baptist Church is offering three days of free services to the community this week as part of its 3 Days of Hope outreach program.
Karen Harrold, director of communications for the church on Atlanta Highway, said this is the first time for the event, which is set for Thursday through Saturday.
“We’ve had a lot of fun [planning] and we’re looking forward to doing this again in the future,” said Harrold, noting that it’s a sort of spinoff from the church’s Hope Ministries program, which provides free meals.
“Our coordinator … felt led to take the ministry in an additional way that we could offer more than meals. In fact, the irony is that we’re not offering meals at this particular event … but we knew we could work with community partners to help a larger, broader spectrum of people.”
Among the services that will be provided free of charge to the community during 3 Days of Hope are medical screenings such as vision, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure.
There will also be auto detailing, haircuts, manicures and makeovers.
All those services will be provided on the church campus, while basic oil changes, emissions testing and tire rotations will also be offered at Herbert Automotive and Handy Lube Express locations throughout the county.
The services will be provided at various times throughout the days, beginning at 9 a.m.
Harrold said anyone interested in taking part in the event should come to the church to register. Those wishing to take part in the automotive care will need to register and then pick up a voucher to take to a service location.
“We’ll start giving out those vouchers at 9 o’clock Thursday morning,” she said. “The good news is if you come early on Thursday, you should be able to get in early at any of the locations.”
Besides Herbert Automotive, other businesses partners with 3 Days of Hope include Northside Hospital-Forsyth, the Forsyth County Lions Club, Mak Beauty Institute and Mary Kay Cosmetics.
“We’re so thankful to our community partners, and the really good news is that we already have some others calling to get involved with this next year,” Harrold said.
While no one will be turned away during the event, Harrold said it is geared largely toward helping the elderly and single-parent families.
“Those were the groups we really had a heart for when we were planning this,” Harrold said. “While we want to reach the entire community, we want to make sure we’re definitely helping the groups who need it the most.”
Harrold said the entire church has gotten involved with the event.
“I think we’re pushing close to 220 volunteers at this point,” she said. “A huge number of our members have risen up and seen the vision and have mobilized to contribute to our community.”
She said other churches have also called to see how they could get involved.
“That has been really awesome, too,” she said. “A partnership among churches is just a beautiful thing.”
Since this is the first time for the event, Harrold said there’s no way to predict how many people may show up. For however many do, her desire is that people not only have their physical needs met, but also their emotional and spiritual ones.
“I am hoping that this event does more than help people,” she said. “I pray that it does exactly as the name says and it offers them hope for the future and for eternity, and that we can build some relationships.”