4th annual Great Day of Service in Durham and Chapel Hill

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

An afternoon of laying sod and raking may sound like your typical spring yard work, but for Martha Isgett from Durham it’s a way to give back to her “home away from home”.

She’s one of hundreds of volunteers from the Durham and Chapel Hill area who spent  the morning of March 23 serving at dozens of sites across the area.

It was part of the 4th annual great day of service put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill

Isgett, a newly retired teacher, spent her time giving back to the school at which she spent the last 20 years teaching physical education. “It’s a delight, it’s been needed for so long,” Isgett said as she raked the yard in front of Pearsontown Elementary School in Durham. “This should be a good fix, the kids will absolutely love it”.

Across the way in Chapel Hill, more volunteers spent the morning assembling toiletry kits for the Interfaith Council. Among those volunteers was grandmother Laura Condie, daughter Jessica Bush and 8-year-old granddaughter Kaylee Bush.

“I think it’s awesome to work with my daughter and granddaughter” Condie said. Together the three helped assemble 1,000 kits and saw it as a way to give back and learn something at the same time. “Hopefully they’ll learn that they are blessed and they can pass those blessings on,” Jessica Bush said.

Together almost 700 volunteers completed 46 projects that included landscaping for six schools, assembling thousands of toiletry kits for the Interfaith Council and restoring a metal dinosaur for Rashkis Elementary School in Chapel Hill. A complete list of projects can be found at http://gds.chapelhilluumc.org/