Hundreds volunteer for day of service

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - While many were out enjoying the parade, hundreds were hard at work to honor the legacy of Dr. King by helping out their neighbors.

Volunteers from all over Chatham County spent the day sprucing up the Jackson Park neighborhood in West Savannah.

We were in the middle of it all as volunteers rolled up their sleeves for this national day of service.

More than 250 volunteers from schools, fraternities and sororities packed the streets of Savannah all for one reason to help those in need.

Volunteers like Crystal Evans say they're happy to spend the day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by carrying out his legacy of transforming our nation through service to others.

"We've got people down the street and all over the neighborhood just trying to give back to the community," said Evans.

Volunteers from 19 different organizations are working on four different homes doing things like painting, yard work and basically anything the homeowner needs help with.

"It means a lot as far as giving back to the community for one that's what youth build is all about helping one another and helping the community as one,"said Evans.

Homeowners like Xeular Philpot needed help cleaning up her backyard.

"I'm just amazed and so grateful and thankful for everybody help and everyone coming together as a community and helping me and my family," said Philpot.

This is the 11th year the Economic Opportunity Authority for the Savannah Chatham County Area has organized the event. Project director Debbie Walker says she's thrilled to see so many volunteers making a difference.

"Dr. King said everybody can be great because everyone can be great and everyone can help. so all these people are answering the call to greatness,"said Walker.

They worked together for a common cause serving the community.

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