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SELMA — The 11th annual Arms Around Selma community service day will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The Selma Ministries Association organizes the annual outreach project, which is designed to help provide assistance with household repairs and minor renovation projects, association President Sammy Evans explained.
“Whether it is yard work, roof repairs, painting or anything else around the house that needs doing, the only criteria is the job should be one that can be completed in four hours or less,” said Evans.”The Selma Ministries Association felt the need to get the churches together and to wrap our arms around Selma by seeking out projects and things that we can do to show the love of Jesus to the people. This is an example of the Christian community coming together to meet the needs of the kingdom.”
Area churches are used as a contact point to provide names and projects that need to be done, said Evans.
Volunteers perform all the work. In past years, 75 to 100 people have shown up — “and we would love to have more,” Evans said.
“One group will be going to visit residents at Autumn Home Care in Selma,” said Evans. “We go there every year to do what we can to meet the needs of the people.”
Volunteers are asked to gather in the Selma Elementary School parking lot by 8 a.m. Saturday, where project leaders will divide them up into teams and assign different project categories based on individual skills.
Volunteers are also asked to bring along tools such as rakes, blowers, hammers, saws and pressure washers.
“After completing our work, we are planning to met at St. John’s AME Zion Church in Selma for a hot dog lunch and to review the day,” said Evans.
Anyone in the community who would like to become a volunteer or knows of someone who needs help is asked to call Kelton Hinton of the Johnston Baptist Association at 919-965-9450, Sammy Evans at 919-631-0702 or any church or pastor.