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Day doesn't disappoint
Many served by church's annual effort
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Neel Ray, left, and Cindy Powell sort food Saturday during the One Great Day of Service. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Hundreds of volunteers answered a local church’s invitation to “do one thing” for others over the weekend.

Cumming First United Methodist Church’s One Great Day of Service was Saturday.

Laura Shimmons, church member, brought her family to participate.

“I’ve been doing it for 10 years or more,” she said. “It’s just the best day. We have fun.”

Kathie Stasko, a minister at the church, said volunteers put their crafts skills to work and knotted blankets for Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, crocheted prayer squares for members of the military and sewed costumes for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“We’ve got 36 blankets done,” she said. “I am ecstatic. This is a record for us for how many blankets we’ve gotten done.” 

Stephani Satterfield, a church employee, said some 500 people and three different churches participated in the daylong event.

Some volunteers went to neighboring counties for projects, including yardwork at Eagle Ranch near Flowery Branch and carpentry at Camp Glisson in Dahlonega.

The projects held at the church included the crafts activities and a blood drive, as well as baking cookies and making cards for shut-ins.

Friends Emily Loedding, 14, and Morgan Gilbert, 13, spent time wrapping plastic utensils for the Hosea Feed the Hungry effort.

Both girls are church members and students at Little Mill Middle. Gilbert said the project would also earn her credit for the school’s Junior Beta Club.