The rain did not dampen the spirit of nearly 200 volunteers on Saturday, October 13 who were participating in the 8th annual Great Days of Service in Bonham. As volunteers arrived at First Baptist, volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints greeted the volunteers and got everyone checked in. For those who had signed up to clean up at local cemetery’s or other outdoor projects, they were given new projects to choose from. After they got checked in, volunteers were treated to a hot breakfast of pancakes and sausage prepared by volunteers from First United Methodist Church.
Pastor Chase Hinson from First Baptist Church in Bonham welcomed everyone and said an opening prayer. Sandy Barber gave directions to the volunteers and recognized all of the first year volunteers, as well as all who have participated 2 or more years. There was special recognition to the dozen or so people who have participated all 8 years. Barber also shared the vision and goals for Great Days of Service. She spoke about how this was a day to put aside differences and come together with others to take care of the sick, elderly, hungry and needy in our community, as well as clean up our town. Pastor Dana Coker with First United Methodist Church in Bonham gave the closing blessing and charge to the participants before they dispersed into several groups.
One group traveled a few blocks south to the downtown square where they helped sort clothing and do other work at The Isaiah’s Closet, which is a nonprofit that serves children in foster care. Other volunteers went a few blocks north on Center street to the Fannin Pregnancy Care Center. There they helped sort clothing and other supplies for the families served by this local non-profit agency.
Another group of volunteers went across town to the Fannin Health Clinic, which is located within the offices of the Fannin Baptist Association. Volunteers did some deep cleaning inside and outside of this building in order to keep the place fresh and clean for the patients of this free primary health care clinic for those who do not have health insurance.
Another group of volunteers braved the rain and unloaded recyclable items from cars and trucks at The Fannin County Pct 4 barn. This project helped recycle many electronics and other items, reduced the amount of things headed to local landfills and raised funds for The Fannin Literacy Council which provides free GED classes for adults.
A large group of volunteers of all ages traveled a few blocks north to Bailey Inglish School. There, the volunteers sorted and divided more than 12,000 food items that had been collected by Bonham ISD. Each campus of Bonham ISD held food drives in early October. IW Evans Intermediate collected 6,298 items, Finley Oates Elementary gathered 2,694 items, Bailey Inglish collected 1,675 items, LH Rather Junior High gathered 1,296 items and Bonham High School gathered 221 items. On Friday, the maintenance and grounds crews of Bonham ISD moved all of the collected food to Bailey Inglish campus. This year’s grand total of 12,184 items was a new record. The previous best was 10,250 collected in 2016. Once the food was sorted and divided, volunteers loaded it up in trucks and vans and transported to 4 local places where they unloaded it. Pantry shelves were reloaded at Fannin County Community Ministries, Manna House and the Fannin County Family Crisis Center. About 80 food items were also given to First Presbyterian in Bonham for their Blessing Box.
Another group of volunteers traveled to 2 local nursing homes to entertain residents with a 1950’s themed show. Volunteers sang and danced and several even wore poodle skirts and other clothes from the 1950’s.
After a morning of volunteering, many headed back to First Baptist church where they were treated to a hot dog lunch by Bethlehem Baptist Church.
The rain cancelled or postponed most of the projects that had been planned for outside. Bonham Kiwanis and the City of Bonham were leading the effort to paint parking lines and handicapped parking spaces at the Bonham Civic Center. They have rescheduled this work project for Saturday, Oct 27 at 8:00 am. Bonham High School’s National Honor Society, the City of Bonham and other community volunteers are planning to find a new day and time to do some needed maintenance work at Powder Creek Playground. Willow Wild Cemetery may also re-schedule their work day. Those interested in volunteering for any of the rescheduled projects should check the Great Days of Service website and/or Facebook page for announcements and details.
Weather reports for Saturday morning include heavy chances for rain, so here is our new plan for tomorrow:
Service projects that WILL happen include:
✅ nursing home visits
✅ The Isaiah’s Closet
✅ Pregnancy Care Center
✅ Joy Jamboree
✅ Fannin Health Clinic
✅ Recycling Project
Service projects that are cancelled:
❌ Bailey Inglish Cemetery
❌ Willow Wild Cemetery
❌ Gates Hill Cemetery
❌ Powder Creek Playground
❌ Painting at the Pavillion
❌ Painting Playground at Housing Authority
If you signed up for one of the cancelled projects, you can choose to switch to another project or not come. If you want to switch, we will go over your choices at check in at First Baptist at 710 N Center in Bonham from 8-8:45 am Saturday morning. Thanks!
Many thanks to Bonham ISD for another successful Food Drive! Special thanks to the Maintenance/Grounds workers for moving all of the cans to Bailey Inglish school on Friday!
IW Evans – 6,298
Finley Oates 2,694
Bailey Inglish 1,675
LH Rather 1,296
Bonham HS = 221
Grand Total = 12,184 food items collected!
Registration is open for the 2018 Great Days of Service!
Saturday. October 13, 2018
Check-in, breakfast and opening ceremonies at First Baptist from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Many thanks to First United Methodist for providing a pancake breakfast.
Service Projects from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at various locations around Bonham. Check our Projects page for more details.
Lunch will be available at First Baptist from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.
Children and youth are welcome and encouraged to participate. They must have a responsible adult with them at the service site.
Some projects have a limit to the number of volunteers. If the limit is reached for a particular project, that service project will be removed from the project list on the registration form. A note will also be added to the Project list page that the volunteer limit has been reached.
The 8th annual Great Days of Service will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
The first planning meeting will be set for late August. Check back soon for meeting details. All are welcome to attend the planning meetings.
About 200 people participated in the 7th annual Great Days of Service in 2017.
Some of the results for the day included:
- 23 bags of leaves & big piles of branches cleaned up at Bailey Inglish Cemetery
- 1 trailer full of brush & 3 bags cleaned up at Gates Hill Cemetery
- Clean up at Willow Wild Cemetery
- 5 bags of trash from around downtown square
- 7000+ canned goods from Bonham ISD plus more from LDS church were given to 3 local organizations who feed hungry people
- Wheelchair ramp built for a disabled veteran
- Clothes sorted for children in foster Care for Isaiah’s Closet
- Power washing concrete and demo work at amphitheater by Fort Inglish (2 trailers full of demo work)
- At Powder Creek Playground: Fresh layer of mulch spread, Coat of sealer on wooden equipment, fencing and benches
- Clean out at Pregnancy Care Center resulted in 2 trailers full of limbs, 1 trailer full of sheet metal and cleaned out lots of brush
Registration 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Registration for 2017 is now open!
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.
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!
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.