In Thomas County, School's Off and Service is 'On'

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

'Hands On Thomas County' is a year-round volunteer organization for all ages.

But their Martin Luther King, Jr. service day was geared toward a younger crowd.

Hands On partnered up with the Thomasville chapter of Second Harvest food bank to put King's 'dream' to work, by sorting and packing more than 10,000 pounds of donated food.

Danny Dukes is the director of the Thomasville chapter of Second Harvest, and says he thinks the effort is 'incredible'.

Says Dukes, "We don't have the manpower here, and the volunteers come in, which saves us time and saves us money, you know, that we can come in and do this, and have it all ready for the agencies when they come in looking for food."

Students from middle all the way through high school - with some parents and siblings mixed in for good measure - went to work with smiles on their faces, knowing their task was an important one for many people in need.

And for some of the youth present, volunteering is already an important part of everyday life.

At the ripe old age of 11, Christopher Watt is a seasoned professional in the world of volunteerism.

Says Watt, "I come [to Second Harvest] every Monday to [sort food and pack boxes] for my Boy Scout projects, and it's a great way to help the community out and give the needy food."

Hands On Thomas County coordinators say volunteering is just one small way we can make a difference in our communities, especially on a day that commemorates a man who devoted his life to others

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