On April 27, the designated Day of Service, hundreds of volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, went forth working on a variety of service projects.
In Fort Walton Beach, workers of all ages gathered at the local YMCA to beautify their grounds. The little ones worked diligently on the weeds until they found blackberries. After that they feasted on the fruit and left the work to their elders. The youth also collected canned goods for Shelter House and a team helped clean out a storage room at their site.
In the Niceville Ward a very ambitious project took place. Spencer Mailes, an Eagle Scout candidate, organized a Diaper Dash Family 4K to benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. The entry fee was a bag of diapers or a package of wipes. All ages were represented in the 130 entries from babies in strollers to grandparents and all the ages in between.
The route ran around the bay to the streets around the Church meeting house. There was also face painting and games for the families present. The organizers of the Niceville project had three goals which they set and met — support the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center by collecting supplies and calling attention to its work in the community, promote family fitness and encourage community service. In their endeavor, the Boy Scouts of America were their partners. There were 280 man hours of work involved in this venture.