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Spirit of giving shines through
About 450 gather for Great Day of Service
Day 2
Hazel Vinkozich bandages John Seay after he gave blood at Cumming First UMC's One Great Day of Service on Saturday. - photo by Crystal Ledford


Rain couldn't dampen the spirit of service at a local church.

Cumming First United Methodist held its 10th annual One Great Day of Service on Saturday, with a wide variety of service projects benefiting the community.

Bill Mills, one of the day's organizers, said about 450 church members and others turned out to help.

"People always step up," he said.

He said a few of the projects, such as yard work at some nonprofit organizations and senior citizen homes, had to be postponed due to heavy rain that fell off and on throughout the day.

He and others planned to reschedule some of the rained-out projects for sometime in the next couple weeks.

But most of the efforts Saturday went on without any problems.

Among them were several ice cream socials at area nursing homes, as well as blood and food drives and other activities at the church.

Pat Beavin helped the church's Happy Knotters group, which makes blankets for hospice patients.

"I'm going to join this church on April 17, so I just wanted to do something to help the community because this church is so involved," said Beavins while tying knots on the edges of brightly colored fleece blankets Saturday.

Sally Merck, who's already a church member, said she's been participating in the day of service for about six years.

"It's just a worthwhile thing to do," she said while also working on the fleece blankets.

Down the hall, Steve and Camilla Bishop wrapped plastic silverware in napkins for Hosea Feed the Hungry.

"We've came out the past five or six years," Steve Bishop said. "It's just nice to do something to serve the community."

Despite the bad weather, Mills said the day was a good one for the volunteers, which included both children and adults.

"We've had a lot of smiling and laughing today," he said.