Paint the Town Orange, a community service initiative of Freedom Church in Acworth, just completed its second year of performing good deeds. The purpose of the event is to be a blessing to the community and to engage as many people as possible in serving locally in a six-day period. This helps people see how easy and fun it can be to be a blessing to others.
From July 23-28, the people of Freedom Church completed 24 projects representing 354 opportunities to serve, helped by 279 volunteers during more than 1,028 hours. The church food drive collected 2,550 pounds of non-perishable food.
“There is something that happens in a person when he or she serves someone else. It causes us to focus less on ourselves and invest in others,” said Todd Lollis, operations pastor at Freedom Church. “It is amazing what can be accomplished when a group of people get together to complete a landscaping project, hang out with some of our special-needs friends, fill a food pantry, etc. Paint the Town Orange has been a great tangible way for us to show our community that God loves them and so does Freedom Church!”
Paint the Town Orange isn’t just an annual event; it is a movement that leads to opportunities to serve throughout the year.
Paint the Town Orange Projects
- Four special-needs kickball games with players from the Horizon League.
- Served four teacher-appreciation meals during pre-planning for teachers from Allatoona High, Durham Middle, Frey Elementary, Bullard Elementary, North Cobb High and Awtrey Middle schools.
- Sorted 2,550 pounds of food that was collected during the food drive.
- Landscaping projects at Acworth Elementary, Barber Middle, Baker Elementary and Lewis Elementary schools.
- Health expo at Celebration Village senior living community.
- Stocked food pantries at Acworth Elementary and Barber Middle schools.
- Handed out popsicles to band members during practice at Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb, Allatoona and North Paulding high schools.
- Game night at Dogwood Forest senior living community.
- Block party, backpack and school supply giveaway in low-income neighborhood.
- Served meals at MUST Ministries’ Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen.
- Landscaping and home projects for a local veteran.
- Worship services at senior living communities Dogwood Forest and Celebration Village.