‘Thousand Hearts’ service event impacts community

More than 300 volunteer for 50 service projects in Rockford and Greenfield on May 5 as part of “Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day.” Many of them posed after dinner in front of Riverwood Covenant Church in Greenfield.

More than 300 volunteer for 50 service projects in Rockford and Greenfield on May 5 as part of “Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day.” Many of them posed after dinner in front of Riverwood Covenant Church in Greenfield.

Sunday, May 5, marked the first Annual “Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day.”

Volunteers lay the foundation of a memorial site in Greenfield Central Park.

Volunteers lay the foundation of a memorial site in Greenfield Central Park.

More than three hundred volunteers completed, in one day, fifty service projects in the communities of Rockford and Greenfield. The day began with breakfast at the Rockford Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast and ended at Riverwood Covenant Church with dinner and a Praise Service.

The Heitke family (left to right) Olivia, Sam, and Ben prepare to paint their designated fire hydrant.

The Heitke family (left to right) Olivia, Sam, and Ben prepare to paint their designated fire hydrant.

Projects included a Health Fair, Riverside Park clean up, Elmwood Cemetery clean up and lilac planting, foundation for the Memorial Site in Greenfield Central Park, Stork House spring clean up, packing food with Kids Against Hunger, preparing and freezing one thousand sandwiches for the summer Lunch Box Fever program, painting twenty-four fire hydrants in Rockford, putting down a fresh coat of mulch on four Greenfield Beautify Highway 55 sites, repairing plumbing for a senior citizen, free dental check ups, free oil changes for single moms, free family portraits, free hair cuts, clearing and building a wheelchair-accessible path to the outdoor classroom at Rockford Middle School and preparing several community garden sites.

Many volunteers expressed that this was an “awesome day” and that they would love to do the same thing next year.

 

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