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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Give without remembering and receive without forgetting." Author Unknown

Mondays, new group, new adventures... As our group has got bigger, we have quite a few sites going on at the same time. Today we had five different sites. We had one group that had a lot of driving as they went to Pineville to meet a truck of food for the Itmann Food Bank, then drove the food to Mullens unload the food, load up some boxes for St.Vincent DePaul, back in Pineville and then back to the school.

We also had a group who finished up the plumbing work at the house in Pineville. They refilled the massive holes that were dug, mixed and laid new concrete, refastened the shelves that had been removed and reorganized and straightened up the basement. It looks great! Afterward the group went next door to visit a little while with our neighbor and landlord.

A group also headed out to Mullens to work on the inside of "The Way", a youth center that will be opening up in the old Big Lots building. This site will be an ongoing site throughout the summer. When finished, "The Way", will be a tremendous resource for the youth in the county,

Back closer to "home" were our two more traditional home repair sites. At one site the work consisted of taking up floors were damaged in recent flooding and replacing the flooring with new plywood. At the other site the crew replaced some soffits and fascia boards, along with scraping and painting the trailer.

Back at home in the evening we were treated to a Mediterranean feast. A vegetable mix with meat over rice, served with homemade pitas. For dessert we were treated to a delicious fruit pizza.

Later in the evening we gathered to reflect on gratitude. We have so much to be grateful and we were reminded that sometimes even things that are difficult end up being things we are grateful for.

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