BY LEANN DILBECK –
This past weekend approximately 400 volunteers poured out across Mena, armed with power tools, building/cleaning supplies, and a deep desire to serve as The Crossing Church held it’s first ‘Love Our Town’ Service Weekend. Rain on Saturday couldn’t dampen the spirits as volunteers worked with rain slickers and pop-up tents; and again on Sunday, completing over 60 projects across the city.
The planning began months ago as the pastoral staff began signing up volunteers from the church and identifying the various projects. Of the 60 projects, approximately 25 were wheelchair ramps. The rest, according to Pastor Victor Rowell, were cleaning – yard work, tree trimming, clearing brush, painting. Some were more extensive and included replacing floors, building porches, and even roofing. “So many amazing projects for some amazing people that have been trapped in their own homes are now able to get out… but I think what it did for all of the volunteers was really make us more aware of the need of our neighbors around us.”
Rowell expressed his appreciation to Buddy Bean who graciously donated all of the lumber needed for the service weekend projects.
Another event held in conjunction with the service weekend was the ‘Yard Sale-No Sale,’ which was also held inside the The Crossing’s gym. Quality items donated by the church membership were available. The only ‘currency’ accepted were gift cards that had been distributed by the congregation to people throughout the community.
Those that were not on work crews, made lunches that were provided to all the crews both days, and the event concluded with what was suppose to be a ‘lawn party’ on Sunday evening but had to be moved indoors due to weather. Volunteers served a full meal and it gave project recipients an opportunity to come and celebrate with the volunteers. Local law enforcement were also served.