BONHAM — About 200 people participated in the seventh annual Great Days of Service in Bonham last month.
Organizer Sandy Barber explained community clean-up volunteers picked up five bags of trash from around the downtown square and others did some clean-up work at Willow Wild Cemetery. At Gates Hill Cemetery, volunteers filled up a trailer full of brush and three trash bags of Bois d'arc apples. Volunteers also raked up 23 bags of leaves and piled up many branches at Bailey Inglish Cemetery.
Another group of volunteers cleaned out behind the Pregnancy Care Center. In the process, this group filled up two trailers full of limbs, one trailer full of sheet metal and cleaned out lots of brush. Other volunteers sorted clothes for children in foster care for Isaiah's Closet and sang and visited with residents of the Woodmoore, Seven Oaks Nursing Home and Clyde Cosper VA home.
Bonham ISD collected more than 7,200 canned goods in early October. The LDS church donated a pick-up truck full of canned goods too. In addition, volunteers sorted and organized the food and then delivered it to three local organizations that feed hungry people, including Fannin County Community Ministries, Manna House and Fannin County Family Crisis Center.
At Powder Creek Playground, volunteers spread a fresh layer of mulch all around and added a coat of sealer to the playground equipment.
Saturday evening volunteers helped with the Joy Jamboree, a dinner and dance for adults with special needs.
Volunteers from the First United Methodist Church gathered before dawn to cook pancakes and sausage for the other volunteers. Later, Bethlehem Baptist prepared a hot dog lunch for the volunteers after their morning of service work around the town.
Barber said Great Days of Service for next year has been set for Oct. 13.