Hundreds of local church volunteers help strengthen Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Hundreds of Courageous Church volunteers came out in the heat today to try and leave a mark on Springfield.
Event volunteer Steven Williams said everything they do helps people in the future.
“Everyone’s little work has a huge impact on Smiling Faces and our next generation,” Williams said.
Williams said that as a child he was the product of the work they did and wanted to pass it on to others.
“I grew up with organizations like this helping out during the holidays,” Williams said. “There have been several Christmases that I personally would not have had if it weren’t for organizations like this.
Williams said he and dozens of others participated in using just one of the sites, the Child Advocacy Center, with deep cleaning, making blankets for children, yard work, painting and much more.
“Now maybe a kid can get a super soak, right,” Williams said. “Maybe they can get the shorts or school bag they need to start school because this organization doesn’t have to pay someone to come clean this week.”
Tyler Padgitt, the senior pastor of the Courageous Church, said hundreds of volunteers have been to several places in need, such as homeless shelters, nurseries and schools, and donated their time.
“Oh, my God, I think it was about 1,500 hours ago,” Padgitt said.
Padgitt said their help takes a tiny bit off the workload of the organizations they have helped.
“They’re going to feel like we had a huge influx of help that we couldn’t have organized on our own or didn’t see coming, and now our job is easier,” Padgitt said.
Padgitt said their main goal is to help those who tirelessly serve others and to remind people that even a little volunteer work can do wonders.
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