Church congregation helps out community

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By Tracy Davidson

For the past four years, Carteret Street United Methodist Church has engaged in a day of service. This year, more than 150 volunteers of all ages from the congregation went out into our community and helped nonprofit agencies and those in need throughout northern Beaufort County. The service projects ranged from painting, repairing, sorting food, sorting clothing, cooking and yard work.  There were three new projects this year:  Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store, Morningside Assisted Living and Hunting Island Beach Cleanup.

IMG_0649I visited many of the sites and each one had something special happening. The youngest volunteers went to Morningside of Beaufort and spent the day playing games and singing with residents there. The youth, along with the Boy Scouts, also did yard work at several different elderly residences.

A group of men and women went to the Mercy Cemetery, including Pastor Rev. Susan Ulmer, and removed trash, raked, replaced bricks and stones, and even picked up fallen tombstones.  One elderly home needed roof and window repair while another needed exterior doors replaced.

Volunteers were able to help several nonprofits complete their spring sprucing up by painting, pressure washing and replacing tile work.

These examples just touch on the many services that happened last week, but there was no job too big for the congregation.

As I was leaving the Thumbs Up office after volunteers had cleaned up the yard, one of the children who attends Thumbs Up said, “God bless you.”  I don’t think there is a better way to say thank you.

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