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Great Day of Service is Saturday; volunteers needed

Saturday, May 4, volunteers, work teams and event sponsors will convene at the back side of the Lamar County Middle School for breakfast courtesy of Chick-Fil-A of Griffin between 7:30-8:30 a.m. ’We’re still getting in a lot of projects,’ said chairman Mark Stone. ‘We need volunteers for many projects that will occur.’ Kelly Hughes said there are about 30 projects and 300 volunteers, mostly scout troop, church and school organizations. These include the Azalea Garden Club cleaning up the Gideon Barnes plot in Greenwood Cemetery. At the Lamar County Activity Center, the entrance sign will be reconstructed and some areas will be landscaped with pine straw. The First United Methodist Church Mission Team will do roof and ceiling repair for an elderly woman. Barnesville Rotary Club will paint fire hydrants for the fire department. There will be landscaping at the Women’s Club House and kennel fence repairs at the Humane Society Rescue Facility. The Humane Society itself will clean up and landscape the city animal shelter. Five homebound or disabled people will receive hand railings and ramps. The First United Methodist Church youth room will get carpets cleaned and paint removed from the floor. At the Lamar County Health Department, volunteers will clean windows and pressure wash sidewalks. First United Methodist Women will hold a cookie bake for shut-ins and the homebound. At Lamar County Fire Station 2 volunteers will complete painting the outside while the Old Jail Museum will get concrete and clean-up and the Lamar County Senior Center will have windows washed inside and out. At the Barnesville-Lamar County Library there will be pressure washing and window cleaning and the E.P. Roberts Center will get shelving in its supply room. Hope Tree Food Bank will collect dry goods and canned goods. Lamar County 4-H members will work in the Lamar County Elementary School vegetable garden and at First Baptist Church volunteers will paint the storage house, till mulch in the large playground and clean equipment in the indoor playground. At the Lamar County Senior Center pine straw will be placed around the building while at the Lamar County Extension Office there will be landscaping in front of the office and a clean out under the shed. At Pike Lamar Services, there will be brush removal, shrubs planted and ramp completion. The Moonflower Garden Club will prune and clean landscape around the library and there will be a cleanup at the Liberty Hill Cemetery. Crews from Barnesville will pick up litter. The Great Day of Service theme this year is Many Gifts, One Spirit In Service. Theme t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers. Following the breakfast, a short dedication ceremony will take place. At 9 a.m. all GDOS volunteers will depart for their assigned service projects. There will be no lunch provided this year following the projects. ’We still need volunteers to register, projects to consider and to include in GDOS, and of course contributions are welcome to help cover the purchase of supplies,’ said chairman Mark Stone. ‘Forms to sign up are available at the Barnesville-Lamar County Library from Kelly Hughes and checks made payable to Great Day of Service can be dropped off at the library or mailed to the sponsor of the event, the Barnesville First United Methodist Church. See you on Saturday, May 4.’the event, the Barnesville First United Methodist Church. See you on Saturday, May 4.’

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