Local residents of all ages and many different denominations gathered together to volunteer their time and lend a helping hand to others at the 6th annual Day of Service on Sunday.

Local residents of all ages and many different denominations gathered together to volunteer their time and lend a helping hand to others at the 6th annual Day of  Service on Sunday.  
Residents, businesses and organizations had the opportunity to pre-register for someone to help out prior to the event. Sandra Smith, Canopy Christian Fellowship, said there were 28 residential jobs, several jobs for local ministries Hope Kitchen and The Restoration Life Center, and eight jobs for the city, centered in Neosho's Big Spring Park.
Todd Decker, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Neosho, opened the event with an invocation but before he began, he told those present,
"Everyone, take a look around,” he said. “This is what the Body of Christ looks like. It's great, isn't it?"
Team leaders organized volunteer groups to head out in the community to perform jobs that included yard work, painting, washing windows, fence repair, fence work, house cleaning, and tree trimming.
In Big Spring Park, volunteer teams winterized the wading pool and other tasks.  A free car wash was also held in the parking lot of the Neosho Daily News. Many volunteers came prepared to tackle jobs with tool belts, tools, ladders, and other equipment. Participants spread out through the Neosho area to perform tasks and small chores, many for elderly residents.
Many participants pre-registered but others signed up prior to the event.
"Don't do anything you don't feel safe doing," Jeremie Bridges told the volunteers before they dispersed. "Supervise children. Some of the elderly may not be used to small kids running around or making noise. If you finish early, go the neighbors and see if they have anything that needs to be done. Or, come back to the park. There's plenty to be done here."
Free water, sunscreen, and insect repellent was provided to those who volunteered.  There was also cotton candy provided.
Work was performed between 2 and 5 p.m. throughout Neosho. Afterward,volunteers returned to the park for a free dinner that included hot dogs, baked beans, and homemade pie, fellowship and music provided by the Cross Church Worship Team. Personal testimonies were also welcome.
"Thank you," Bridges told those who gave of their time and service to the community. "This is a blessing."