Many things were accomplished for the sixth annual Great Days of Service in Bonham on October 15. Nearly 300 people participated in various service projects around town.
Bonham ISD and Brookshire’s collected a record amount of food during the first two weeks of October. More than 10,000 canned goods were gathered this year, which was significantly more than in any of the previous years. On Oct 15, members of Student Council and PALS at Bonham High School and LH Rather Junior High joined other community volunteers of all ages to sort the food and load it up in trucks to go to the Basic Food Pantry, Fannin County Community Ministries, Manna House, Boyd Baptist and the Fannin County Family Crisis Center.
Other community volunteers worked to clean up around town. Bethlehem Baptist Church and other volunteers mowed, trimmed, and cleared debris at Gate Hill Cemetery in south Bonham. Board members at Willow Wild Cemetery and other community volunteers did clean-up work at that cemetery in west Bonham. The Fannin County Drug Court picked up 29 bags of trash along the highway. Other community volunteers helped haul off trash and debris for a veteran in need while others tackled the downtown area. Fannin County Soccer Association picked up trash at the ball fields and along Silo Road after their Saturday morning soccer games. Members of 4H helped clean up at the fairgrounds. Volunteers from the LDS church drove three sets of trucks and trailers around town to pick up all of the trash bags and piles of debris that was gathered up and took it to the city dump.
National Honor Society students from Bonham High School joined forces with youth from First Assembly of God and other community volunteers to put a new coat of sealer and spread mulch at Powder Creek Playground. Men from First Baptist painted at the park at Lake Bonham.
Newly crowned Fannin County Queen Rachel Gentry, Girl Scouts, Mormons and other volunteers visited residents at several local nursing homes. First Assembly of God and other community volunteers hosted a special dance called the Joy Jamboree on Friday night for about one hundred adults and older youth who have special needs.
Volunteers from First Presbyterian, Bonham High School GSA and others sorted gently used children’s clothing for Isaiah’s Closet. They filled up 45 tubs of clothing, organized by gender, size and season. The clothing will be given to children in foster care.
Literacy Council board members and other community volunteers unloaded cars and trucks bringing donations to the Recycling Project to raise funds to provide free GED classes for adults.
Volunteers from First United Methodist Church arrived before dawn at the fellowship hall of First Baptist to make a pancake breakfast for all of the Saturday morning volunteers. Northside Church of Christ members prepared a hot dog lunch for all of the hungry and tired volunteers to enjoy after their service projects were done.