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GDS 2017 - registerRegistration is open for Bonham’s seventh annual Great Days of Service. This year, most service projects will be in the morning on Saturday, October 14.

On Oct 14, volunteers will check-in at the First Baptist Church’s fellowship hall starting at 8:00 am and be treated to pancakes by the First United Methodist Church. By 9:00 am volunteers will be sent out to begin work on several different service projects, including:

Community Clean-up – volunteers will pick up trash, pull weeds, put out mulch, weed-eat and clean up community parks, the downtown square, Bailey Inglish Cemetery, Willow Wild Cemetery, Gates-Hill Cemetery and other public locations.
Home Improvement – volunteers will do yard work and minor home improvement projects for elderly and disabled homeowners.
Powder Creek Playground – volunteers will paint a new coat of sealer, add more mulch and do other needed playground maintenance at this community built playground.
Food Drive – volunteers will sort, move and re-stock the shelves of local organizations who give food to hungry people. Canned food drives will be held at Brookshire’s from Oct 1-14 and at all of the Bonham schools from Oct 2-12. Additional food drives will be conducted by other Great Days of Service partner organizations in October.
Nursing Homes – volunteers will sing, dance, visit and play bingo and other games with residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Isaiah’s Closet – sort gently used children’s clothing to support foster homes and children in foster homes.

On Saturday, volunteers can return to the First Baptist Church fellowship hall between 12:00 – 1:00 pm for lunch provided by Bethlehem Baptist Church and to hear the results for the day.

The Fannin County Literacy Council provides free literacy classes and GED prep classes for adults. In order to raise funds to support these classes, they will once again be hosting the Recycling Project. Everyone is encouraged to clean out their homes of unwanted items and bring them to the Fannin County Precinct 4 Barn at 1369 E. Sam Rayburn Drive, Bonham on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, go to www.gds-bonham.org.

The Joy Jamboree will be held in the evening on Saturday, October 14. This event is a special dance, similar to a prom, for adults and young adults with disabilities and/or special needs at the Housing Authority. Volunteers are needed to help with makeup, hair and nails, decorate, serve food, serve as DJ’s and help with clean-up. For more information, email jamboree@operationsmiles.net or call Liz Dyvig at 940-594-9414. To sign up as a volunteer, go to the Great Days of Service website.

Children and youth under age 18 are welcome to volunteer, as long as they have a responsible adult that will stay with them.

Register Now – Those interested in volunteering for any of the service projects register on-line here by October 5. This will allow the leaders to plan how many homes can be worked on, how many trash bags are needed, how many nursing homes can be visited, etc. Some projects will have limits on the number of volunteers who can sign up for certain projects. This is in an effort to avoid having volunteers with nothing to do at some work sites. Late and on-site registrations will still be accepted, but there will be less choices in what service projects to work on. Sign up now

 

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2017 Registration is open now!

Registration for 2017 is now open!

Please note:

Some projects will have limits on how many volunteers can sign up, so sign up soon in order to be able to do the projects you would prefer.

Volunteers should bring their own work gloves, wear close toed shoes and dress for working if signing up for Community Clean-up projects around town or at cemeteries, Home Improvement projects or Powder Creek Playground.  If you have tools or equipment you can bring for these projects, please bring them.

Children and youth are allowed to participate as long as they have a responsible adult who will stay with them and supervise them. The responsible adult can be a parent, relative, friend, teacher, youth pastor, etc.  The responsible adults must watch for safety issues and should not take on supervising more children or youth than they can reasonably manage. How many young people an adult can supervise will vary depending on age, developmental abilities and maturity levels, etc of the young people.

Please help us spread the word by inviting your friends, family, co-workers, church and others to join you.

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2017 Date Set!

Please note we have changed the date again to not conflict with the Fannin County Fair and Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention.  Please change your calendars back to October 14!

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2016 Great Days of Service Results

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.

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Finley Oates Food Drive

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Joy Jamboree

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Great Days of Service Registration Open

Registration is open for Bonham’s sixth annual Great Days of Service. This year, most service projects will be on Saturday, October 15.  gds-2016-register

On Oct 15, volunteers will check-in at the First Baptist Church’s fellowship hall starting at 8:00 am and be treated to pancakes by the First United Methodist Church. By 9:00 am volunteers will be sent out to begin work on several different service projects, including:

• Community Clean-up – volunteers will pick up trash, pull weeds, put out mulch, weed-eat and clean up community parks, the downtown square, Bailey Inglish Cemetery, Willow Wild Cemetery, Gates-Hill Cemetery and other public locations.

• Home Improvement – volunteers will do yard work and minor home improvement projects for elderly and disabled homeowners.

• Powder Creek Playground – volunteers will paint a new coat of sealer, add more mulch and do other needed playground maintenance at this community built playground.

• Food Drive – volunteers will sort, move and re-stock the shelves of local organizations who give food to hungry people. Canned food drives will be held at Brookshire’s from Oct 3-15 and at all of the Bonham schools from Oct 3-14. Additional food drives will be conducted by other Great Days of Service partner organizations in October.

• Recycling Project – is a fundraiser for the Literacy Council, who provides free GED classes and literacy assistance for adults. Volunteers will help unload cars and trucks with donations.

• Nursing Homes – volunteers will sing, dance, visit and play bingo and other games with residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

• Isaiah’s Closet – sort gently used children’s clothing to support foster homes and children in foster homes.

On Saturday, volunteers can return to the First Baptist Church fellowship hall between 12:00 – 1:00 pm for lunch provided by Northside Church of Christ and to hear the results for the day.

The Fannin County Literacy Council provides free literacy classes and GED prep classes for adults. In order to raise funds to support these classes, they will once again be hosting the Recycling Project. Everyone is encouraged to clean out their homes of unwanted items and bring them to the Fannin County Precinct 4 Barn at 1369 E. Sam Rayburn Drive, Bonham on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, click here

The Joy Jamboree will be held in the evening on Friday, October 14. This event is a special dance, similar to a prom, for adults and young adults with disabilities and/or special needs at the Housing Authority. Volunteers are needed to help with makeup, hair and nails, decorate, serve food, serve as DJ’s and help with clean-up. For more information, email jamboree@operationsmiles.net or call Liz Dyvig at 940-594-9414. To sign up as a volunteer, click here

Children and youth under age 18 are welcome to volunteer, as long as they have a responsible adult that will stay with them.

Register Now – Those interested in volunteering for any of the service projects register on-line  by October 7. This will allow the leaders to plan how many homes can be worked on, how many trash bags are needed, how many nursing homes can be visited, etc. Some projects will have limits on the number of volunteers who can sign up for certain projects. This is in an effort to avoid having volunteers with nothing to do at some work sites. Late and on-site registrations will still be accepted, but there will be less choices in what service projects to work on. Sign up now

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Planning Meeting

We will have a planning meeting on Thursday, Sept 8 at 5:30 pm in the Williams Building at First Presbyterian in Bonham (at the corner of 9th and Center, across from Kwik Chek.)  All are welcome.

We will be firming up plans for the service projects for this year so that we can open up on-line registration soon after our meeting.  We hope all of our partners from last year plan to participate again and we will be delighted to welcome new partners this year too.

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2016 Date Set!

We have set the date for our 6th annual Great Days of Service: October 15, 2016. Please help us spread the word by including it in your organization’s newsletters, emails and social media, etc.

 

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2015 Great Days of Service Results

By all accounts, the fifth annual Great Days of Service was another success! Thanks to many individuals, churches, schools, businesses and youth organizations a lot was accomplished to clean up our town, help neighbors in need, feed the hungry, visit the sick and lonely and more!  At least 350 people participated this year!

Here is some of what was accomplished this year:

  • Food Drive – An estimated 7,300 canned goods were collected in all! Most of the food came from all of the Bonham schools – from preschool to high school – who collected food in the first  two weeks of October.  Brookshire’s store and
    JV Cheerleaders from Bonham High School helped deliver and unload food at the Crisis Center.

    JV Cheerleaders from Bonham High School helped deliver and unload food at the Crisis Center.

    customers gave some food too, as well as  Boy Scout Troop.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contributed a whole pallet of food too!  On Saturday morning, volunteers sorted the food and divided it equally for the five organizations who feed hungry people in our community.  These organizations are Fannin County Community Ministries, Fannin County Family Crisis Center, Basic Food Pantry, Manna House and Boyd Baptist Church.  The Community Ministries weighed their food and reported that their donation was 1,059 pounds of food!  Because each group was given about the same amount of food, we can probably safely estimate that the total amount of food collected was more than 5,000 pounds!  Many thanks to Brandi Holcomb with Bonham High School and Megan Massey with LDS Church for their faithful leadership with this project.

  • Community Clean-up – volunteers picked up trash, raked leaves, cleared branches and brush and more at sites all over town.  There were 3 trucks and trailers driving all over town, picking up the trash bags and brush.  They counted 16 loads in all!  Work sites included:
    • Simpson Park – Boy Scouts and BHS athletes helped city workers spread mulch around the playground equipment while VPG employees cleaned up trash.
    • Catron Park – After members of Bethlehem Baptist Church were done picking up trash at this park, they decided to go buy some paint and brushes and give the gazebo a fresh coat of paint to cover up the graffiti.

      volunteers painted over the graffiti at the gazebo at Catron Park

      volunteers painted over the graffiti at the gazebo at Catron Park

    • Stephenson Park – Jovita’s Cleaning Service employees spent the morning at this park in south Bonham.  They filled 25 bags with leaves and some trash and created a big pile of fallen branches to be hauled off.
    • Powder Creek Playground – students from Bonham High School – both athletes and National Honor Society members, as well as Chi Lambda members and other community volunteers teamed up to spread mulch around the playground and put a fresh coat of stain on the playground.  A new Warrior Head sign was also installed.  Many thanks to Kassi Bowen with Chi Lambda and the Fannin County Children’s Center for her leadership with this project.
    • Bailey Inglish Cemetery and Willow Wild Cemetery – volunteers raked and bagged leaves, picked up branches, trimmed trees, used weedeaters and more at these two cemeteries.  Many thanks to Ben Lancaster with Willow Wild for his leadership and planning.

Volunteers also walked down several major streets in town, picking up trash.  Many thanks to Kelly Royse with Rotary and Renlita Doors for her leadership with this project.  We also appreciate Bonham city Parks and Rec Director Ronnie Hill and his staff for all of their help in getting the mulch ready and having wheelbarrows available too.

  • Nursing Home Visits
    Volunteers sang for residents of local nursing homes

    Volunteers sang for residents of local nursing homes

    Volunteers from LDS church, Bradford Chapel AME and First Assembly of God and others visited the sick, elderly and disabled at several nursing homes, assisted living and group homes in Bonham.  Volunteers sang, visited and played bingo with residents.  Many thanks to Dana Abbott with the LDS church for faithfully leading and organizing this service project every year.

  • Home Improvement – Volunteers with First Baptist, First Presbyterian and other community groups built a ramp for three elderly sisters.  Another crew of volunteers replaced a front porch.  Many thanks to Randy Bowen with First Baptist and Kiwanis Club and Kassi Bowen
    volunteers built a ramp for an elderly person

    volunteers built a ramp for an elderly person

    with Chi Lambda and the Fannin County Children’s Center for their leadership, organization and planning with this service project every year.

  • Joy Jamboree – this event was a Friday night dance for adults with special needs.  More than 20 volunteers helped set-up, clean-up and run the dance.  Not only was it a fun night for the adults with special needs, it was also a fundraiser to raise money for future recreational activities for this special group of people.  Many thanks to Liz Divig with First Assembly of God for organizing and leading this new service project.
  • Recycling Project – for the second year in a row, volunteers helped unload cars, trucks and trailers with items that can be recycled, including computer parts, electronics, household items, movies, books and more.  This event helped Fannin County citizens clean out the clutter in their homes and raised money for the Fannin County Literacy Council, which is a local nonprofit that provides free GED classes and helps adults learn to read.  Many thanks to the board of the Literacy Council for planning this project and partnering with us!
  • Opening and closing ceremonies – and we cannot forget to thank the churches who provided meals for all of the hungry volunteers!  Members of First United
    volunteers arrived extra early to make breakfast

    volunteers arrived extra early to make breakfast

    Methodist Church got up way before the crack of dawn to have pancakes, sausage, juice and hot coffee ready for volunteers as they checked in to the Family Life Center on Saturday morning.  Members of Northside Church of Christ prepared lunch of hot dogs, cool drinks and a wonderful selection of side dishes and sweet treats.  Many thanks to Karola Brookshire, Kassi Bowen, Nate Lighfoot, Kelly Royse and Cassidy Barber for their help checking volunteers in.

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