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Sept. 8 was a big day for First Congregational Church of Hudson. Almost 600 members and friends of the church spent the day in service to those in need through the second annual First Serve Serve First event. This year the volunteers went to 34 projects in Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Peninsula and Akron.
A large contingent went to the Findley Community Learning Center in Akron to help with cleaning, grounds work, setting up a clothing closet and much more. This group has made the commitment to year round work at Findley, which is an Akron public elementary school, as it deals with the challenges of working with immigrant children from up to 17 countries throughout the school year. Additionally groups went to the Cuyahoga Valley National Parks, local residential sites, Ronald McDonald House of Akron, Miller Avenue UCC Church, a new building for the YMCA of Akron and other off-site projects. At the church groups worked on projects such as knitting camouflage scarves for the USO to ship to military personnel, and writing letters and filling boxes full of special treats to be shipped worldwide to the military as well. Women worked on special prayer quilts for use in ministry to those facing medical or personal challenges, and families came together to work on fleece blankets for the Linus project and wrap Christmas gifts to help a homeless shelter get ready for the holiday season. Children and adults also visited local nursing facilities and shared music and fun with their residents.
The day began with a worship send-off at 10 a.m., volunteers went to their sites to work through the day and ended the day with a fun and enthusiastic pot-luck meal at the church at 6 p.m.
Plans have begun for First Serve Serve First to return in September 2014, all are welcome to join in this special day of service to Hudson and surrounding communities. Find out more about all upcoming projects and programs at First Congregational Church of Hudson by visiting their website at www.hudsonucc.org.