I want to thank the members of our local community who participated in the First Serve; Serve First day of service organized by First Congregational Church of Hudson. More than 500 individuals came together on the afternoon of Sept. 8 to provide help to those in need in Hudson and beyond. Several hands-on projects directly benefited residents of Hudson who needed assistance with repairing their homes and preparing for the winter months.
In addition, care boxes, letters, and hand-knitted scarves were prepared and sent to those who serve in our armed forces, clothing and food was collected for local food pantries and assistance centers, parks and playground areas were cleaned up in Hudson and invasive plants removed from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, choirs lent their voices to cheer residents of local nursing facilities, Christmas gifts were wrapped for homeless families at Haven of Rest, and much more. Anyone who wants to take part is welcome at this annual event, and there is a project to fit every person -- young, old, or in between.
I am always heartened by the generosity of spirit embodied and lived out by the citizens of Hudson year after year. So many people and service groups consistently give of their time, gifts, and resources, much of it taking place "behind the scenes." There will be more opportunities to make a difference in our community this fall as we approach the winter holidays. Please watch for upcoming announcements.
Kristin Keller, LSW, Community Resource Coordinator Hudson Ministerial Association/Laurel Lake