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Opinion Letters Pulling together fosters loving community

Impact Community Day in Franklin on Oct. 1 was a resounding success! United Methodists in the Franklin area joined community members to make a huge impact. At least 120 volunteers signed up for the event, choosing to work in one of 14 sites around the city (six homes and four institutions). There were multiple jobs being done at each site, including completing home repairs, cutting firewood for CareNet and at least two homes, writing thank you cards to shut ins and to area foster parents, yard clean up, cleaning out a cistern, visiting nursing homes, washing car windows in parking lots, mowing grass, filling in sink holes, and the list goes on. It was absolutely amazing!

It is very important to me to publicly express my appreciation to all the volunteers who helped The Children’s Home during Impact Community Day. Thanks so much to all the people who put in invaluable man and woman hours to make this event a time to remember. There were probably at least 50+ people at The Children’s Home on that Saturday. Men and women; youth and elders, and even a couple of wee ones worked side by side to truly have an impact. I was witness to many of the volunteers coming together in prayer before starting their work. People of all ages scraped, painted, cemented, hauled, weeded, trimmed, shoveled, burned and planted. All in an effort to beautify our facility and preserve our farm house.

Special thanks go to the leaders of the various efforts:

Tony Oberley, Contractor Extraordinaire
Dave Heinig, Lead Carpenter
Doug Wyatt, Lead Landscaper
Gary Clark, Landscaper Consultant

The one thing that permeated throughout the day was the overwhelming feeling of love. It is amazing how pulling together in faith can foster such a loving community. We are so grateful for the work of each team at both sites.

We have been truly blessed to be a part of this event. I can honestly say, I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it! Volunteers are truly “love in motion”!

With much gratitude,

Rebecca Barboff
Director/Franklin Campus


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