Spirit of Service Day

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

People from all over Houston County gathered together all in the spirit of service. The county's annual spirit of service day is esigned to help make Houston County a better place to live.
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Spirit is defined as an energetic way of doing something and today Houston County was full of just that. Individuals came together to do their part to help the community.
Goody's Kid's Department Manager Larry Whitehead said, "we want to give back to the community because they give so much to us."

Goody's is just one of many businesses participating. They held a blood drive and collected money for Children's Miracle Network.

Individuals and young adults also did their part. Youth president for Habitat for Humanity Claire Wells said, "I think it is great for the youth to participate. We'll be adults out there working one day and encouraging kids to participate and its a great thing to do with your life."

Today's service projects included landscaping, food drives, and clean up projects. A group from Wallace College even lent a hand at the local Humane Society.

Wallace Phi Theta Kappa Advisor David Cobb said, "Our organization prides itself in being service group and today we're at the Humane Society."

The goal of spirit of service day is to give everyone in the community the opportunity to volunteer and make positive changes in their community, something some wish would happen more often.

Cobb said, "I think it's a wonderful opportunity to motivate community not just for a day a year, but to change mindset of giving back to the community."

Houston County's beautification project was a success because so many groups and individuals throughout the community participated.

Today was the 17th annual Spirit of Service day, and was sponsored by the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.


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