In the past, neighbors would gather together to help each other, to harvest crops, raise a barn, or have a quilting bee. Community service was just a part of the way of life.

In the past, neighbors would gather together to help each other, to harvest crops, raise a barn, or have a quilting bee. Community service was just a part of the way of life.
That tradition continues in Neosho, with the 6th annual Day of Service, to be held Sunday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Jeremie Bridges, pastor of the Canopy Church in Neosho, is the event's organizer but many area churches are also participating.
"Everyone will do general, unskilled labor," Bridges said. "Things like window washing, weeding flowerbeds, trimming, mowing, moving furniture, cleaning, just various things."
Word went out to local residents including those at the Oakes, Lane Apartments, and to the Neosho Senior Center in advance.
"We've finalized plans this week," Bridges said. "If there is a last minute or desperate need, call me and we will do our best to accommodate (those needs)."
Bridges may be reached by calling (417) 540-1066.
Advance sign-up sheets for those wishing to offer their labor went out at some churches but everyone is welcome, even if they didn't sign-up.
"People are more than welcome to show up to help," Bridges said. "The more, the merrier."
The Day of Service event is scheduled from 2  through 5 p.m. on Sunday, but Bridges asked that participants be on hand a little earlier so teams can be formed and dispatched to perform various service jobs. Volunteers will be assigned tasks and dispatched. Although the event is scheduled to end at 5 p.m., workers will complete any task before ending the day.
Dinner will be provided at Big Spring Park after the event to participants. The menu will be hot dogs, baked beans and chips. Dessert will be pie.
If anyone wishes to donate pies, all donations will be welcome. Pies that don't need refrigeration can be brought to the park on Sunday afternoon. Pies that need to be kept cool should be delivered at 5 p.m. since the event is outdoors.
"Come ready to work and wear work clothes," Bridges said. "Be ready to provide service to the community."
Tools and supplies will be provided for most tasks but participants are also encouraged to bring their own tools. Helping hands are the most needed tool of all.
Give up a few hours of leisure to give back to the community and join the 6th annual Community Day of Service on Sunday.