Volunteers Come Together

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Volunteers Marvin Gatewood, Daniel White and Jarek Ellis clean up brush along 5th Street during Neighbor 2 Neighbor's annual work day on Saturday. A large group of volunteers braved the heat to help prepare Rector for the Labor Day weekend.

As residents and visitors drive down the main streets of Rector and glance from one side to the other, most will likely notice the remarkable job accomplished by 29 Rector citizens on Saturday, August 23, as a group of adults and teens joined together to make the Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N) work day a tremendous success. The volunteers worked tirelessly to prepare heavily-trafficked areas of town for the Labor Day holiday.

The difference made is overwhelming. Through the group's efforts, four large trailer loads of limbs and debris were removed from city streets and yards, curbs and gutters were dug out and edged, trash was collected along the highway and on 5th Street, trailer loads of dirt and overgrown grass were hauled away, yards that were becoming unmanageable were cleaned up with mowers and weed-eaters and sand and gravel which had washed onto right-of-ways were shoveled out and swept, especially at Main and 3rd down to Dodd. Men, women and teenaged volunteers worked side-by-side in Saturday's heat to tackle the huge undertaking. Two tractors with front-loading buckets were used to ease some of the labor.

The group enjoyed Subway box lunches and soft drinks. Harps donated four cases of iced water. Enjoying the cool inside the big room at the Community Center, the workers were glad to escape the heat during that time. Funds donated to N2N were used to purchase the box lunches for the workers.

After lunch, two crews finished up the day's goals by attacking the overgrown embankment on 5th Street opposite the Rector Schools Administration Office. The area across from the bus lot on Woodland Heights between 5th, 4th Street, and 3rd was also cleaned up with shovels and a tractor. Other embankments on Woodland Heights were weeded, also.

No one can accomplish this kind of task without support and hard work from many caring and dedicated citizens who, together, are focused on their city. Contributing to the current welfare of the city is important, but leaving a legacy of service is far-reaching.

Volunteers in the project included Kim Isom, Clarence Huffman, Jane Huffman, Martha Thompson, Lyn Bookout, Cobi Hendrix, Ken Roden, David Romine, Kim Romine, Andrew Romine, Barbara Fithian, Stephen DeMent, Sandra DeMent, Amy DeMent, Stephanie DeMent, Laramie LeQuieu, Daniel White, Kirk Beshears, Keith Hill, Rachael Wright, Savannah Potter, Jarek Ellis, Jagger Ellis, Kaitlynn Chapin, Jason Williams, Taylor Williams and Steve Horton, along with N2N organizers, Marvin and Jane Gatewood, who declared Saturday's work a roaring success and gave a hearty "thank you" to everyone.

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