HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Launched nearly 15 years ago, Mission to Hanover continues to grow and help those in need.
Created by the Pastor of the Beaverdam Baptist Church, Gary Stewart, the volunteer effort brought nearly 300 people together on a brisk Saturday morning to complete work that is 'desperately needed and underfunded.'
"Anybody, no matter how young or old you are, there's something you can do," expressed Scott Pond, the Youth Pastor with the church.
That statement held true outside the Patrick Henry High School as children, teachers, school administration, community members and emergency responders all worked alongside each other.
"We're at homes throughout the county, spread all over the place just giving people the help they need, and showing that they're loved," said Pond.
The free services include winterizing the homes of the elderly and landscaping the high school grounds.
One young member of the church, Lily Miller, is home schooled, but set aside her time today to help paint at the high school.
"We share what we have, and the time that we have to help other people," said Miller.
Other volunteers are students at the school and are finding a new appreciation for the hallways they walk through every day.
"It shows me how much hard work was put into doing this," said Amanda Schloss as she put in the hours painting the hallway walls.
The annual event is called Mission to Hanover and will take place on the second Saturday of every November.
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