The weather was a perfect 77 degrees on Saturday for Waleska United Methodist Church’s inaugural Great Day of Service. more than 60 volunteers met at 8 a.m. in the fellowship hall for breakfast and then separated into nine teams for service projects.

Northside Hospital Cherokee received 19 blankets along with 30 cards made by the preschool children. One hundred UMCOR relief kits were assembled, painting and bases for 22 life-size silhouettes for Cherokee Family Violence Center, City Hall’s new gazebo and Fire Station 12 were landscaped with more than 200 plants, yard. Volunteers cleaned up the home and yard of a veteran in Waleska and painted the front porch for another Waleska family. Volunteers washed walkers and wheelchairs at Provident Village for a walker/wheelchair wash and worked in the courtyard at Brookdale Assisted Living. Pastor Tim Emmett was at each project working side by side with the volunteers. Mayor Mary Helen Lamb provided the breakfast and was a team captain.

“By 1 p.m. the volunteers were done, tired and dirty but happy to have shared their time and talents for a truly great day,” said Wendy Hatfield, a member of the church.

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