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Deal to enter office with Day of Service


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Governor-Elect Nathan Deal and his supporters are celebrating his inauguration with a day of community service.

"With a Servant's Heart" is a statewide day of volunteer activities Saturday.

In Thomas County, several organizations are coming together to offer ways for people to lend a helping hand.

The city of Thomasville is welcoming Gov-Elect Nathan Deal's call to service.
"Most of our events we form collaborations with other departments or organizations which are a big resource for us," explains Nathaniel Tyler, Thomasville's Solid Waste & Landfill Manager. "And it's just a way we can get the word out by joining forces throughout the community."

The statewide "With a Servant's Heart" program coincides with the city's planned day of electronics recycling and its "Bring One to the Chipper" event.

"Resources run out," Tyler warns. "By taking these items like electronics or mulch or anything that is reusable, is just our attempt to be good stewards of our resources."

Thomasville resident and frequent recycler Frances Dillard agrees, "I do this all the year round and think other people ought to. I really do."

Now, other organizations are joining in throughout the city. From the "Dictionary Project" which provides a free dictionary to all third grade students to Habitat for Humanity clean up projects, the day of service is seen as a way people can give back to their communities.

"It's a good idea," Dillard believes. "It'll get other people thinking about what they can do."

"Personally, it makes me feel good that we are trying to do our part," says Tyler.

For the Rose City, the day of service also helps preserve its future.

Tyler explains, "Landfill space is very expensive to develop because you to engineer the liner which is about a million dollars an acre or so. And the kids that are coming up behind us they're gonna need water and they're gonna need trees and we want to be sure it's available to them."

For others, it's just about teaching valuable lessons.

"I think when I'm going around picking up stuff that other people should follow my example," says Dillard.

And for at least one day, many people will be doing just that.

Volunteers are still needed in Thomasville for the Habitat for Humanity cleanup and to the dictionary distribution.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call 227-3125. You can also sign up for the program HERE.

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