April 23, 2011
Along the southern Florida coast, members of the Jupiter ward in Stuart celebrated the 75th year of the Church welfare program by repainting three homes on April 23.
Three dozen members ages 14 and up packed sack lunches and wielded paintbrushes supplied by the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) for the better part of a morning.
In Palm Beach Gardens, local member George Strasdas oversaw the painting of the home of a single father with a 10-year-old daughter.
“He was just trying to hang on to the home,” Brother Strasdas said. “He was so amazingly appreciative that it was a wonderful experience to serve him.”
The homeowner bought the small crew pizza for lunch to express his gratitude.
The Jupiter ward had partnered with the SWA before to complete similar service projects and plans to continue to do so.
“Whether we’re participating in service inside the Church or reaching out to our brothers and sisters outside the Church, it’s just a wonderful feeling you get,” Brother Strasdas said. “It’s our opportunity to be blessed to serve others.”