Santa Rosa gives back during Day of Service

Despite 90 degree heat, more than 700 volunteers of all ages stepped up to help their community Saturday, July 23, for the first Santa Rosa County Day of Service.

More than 20 projects were submitted for the event serving animal shelters, parks, the disabled, the homeless and others.
County Administrator Tony Gomillion helped organize the Day of Service. On Saturday, he tried to visit as many of the projects as he could to thank volunteers.

He said groups did a variety of things.

“They did everything from sorting at the thrift store, there’s a food separating and sorting,” he said. “Cemetery cleanups. Wheelchair ramps are being built. Houses are being cleaned. A lot of various projects like that to help individuals and to help other organizations that help people. It helps the elderly, disabled, disabled veterans.”

A majority of the events focused on manual labor. Many were through churches.

Living Truth Church provided assistance to the elderly as well as those disabled. Church members cleaned yards, built wheelchair ramps and even pressure washed homes throughout the county.

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Volunteer Paige Wester pets puppy Wilma during SAFER Day of Service Saturday, July 23, at Santa Rosa County Animal Services. Wester washed dogs, cleaned litter boxes and helped take pictures for the adoption website.

Volunteer Paige Wester pets puppy Wilma during SAFER Day of Service Saturday, July 23, at Santa Rosa County Animal Services. Wester washed dogs, cleaned litter boxes and helped take pictures for the adoption website.

Puppy Laverne experiences the pool for the first time while volunteer Racheal Bonner takes her for a walk during SAFER Day of Service. Bonner said she did not mind the summer heat as she played with Laverne.

Puppy Laverne experiences the pool for the first time while volunteer Racheal Bonner takes her for a walk during SAFER Day of Service. Bonner said she did not mind the summer heat as she played with Laverne.

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