• (Photo by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal)
    Employees from Citizen State Bank and Farmer State Bank teamed up to tackle the big Blessings in October project of improving the Groesbeck Senior Citizen Center. Contractor David Delaytora provided laborers to replace the roof and the bank employees repainted the interior of the building.
  • (Photo by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal)
    Charleton Kester worked all morning to help with Blessings in October on Saturday October 21, painting a clothesline at a home on South Ellis St.
  • (Photo by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal)
    On Saturday October 21, members of the community dedicated their day to helping bless others through volunteer project Blessings in October. This crew built a wheelchair ramp for a family on McClintic Street to make their home access more accessible. The team also tore out the back porch and built a new one.
  • (Photo by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal)
    The volunteer group that worked on the Groesbeck Senior Citizens Center for Blessings in October took a moment out of their lunch break to pose for a group picture on Saturday October 21.
  • (Photo by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal)
    Some of the many volunteers responsible for some insulation and pipe repair, as well as extending a room at the back of the house to create more space for the large family that lives there took a quick lunch break Saturday, October 21..
  • (Photo by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal)
    A large sign was posted in the yard of each home Blessings in October worked on, including this home on McClintic Street that was blessed with a wheelchair accessible ramp. Over 100 volunteers were divvied up between 7 homes.

BLESSINGS IN OCTOBER COMPLETES EIGHTH ANNUAL WORKDAY

Submitted by Charles Eastburn

October 21 marked the completion of Blessings in October’s eighth year of making a difference in the lives of Limestone County homeowners. Volunteers ranged from high school students to folks having more that 70 birthdays. Blessings in October, Inc. was founded by Charlie Eastburn in 2010, two years after he and his wife, Deanna, arrived in Limestone County. The community has become familiar with the commitment that Blessings in October has to help qualified homeowners prepare their homes for winter, take care of safety issues, and when resources allow, perform exterior esthetic work. This year, 116 volunteers performed an array of work, including: window sill repair, toilet installation, drain unclogging, exterior painting, kitchen sink installation, tree trimming, wall insulation, door replacement, siding repair and tree trimming. A team comprised of employees from Farmers State Bank, Citizens State Bank and a few Groesbeck High School students painted the interior of the Seniors’ Center on State Street. The volunteers removed trash and debris from the seven homes that completely filled a 40 foot long roll-off dumpster. Bill Pitt, who served as a “roaming gopher”, commented that in previous years he only had the perspective of working at one house.  “This year I was able to visit each house and see the broader picture, witnessing first-hand the vast amount of work that is performed at all of the locations. It is amazing to see what can be done in one day by a large group of volunteers. I’ll be back as often as I can.” In addition to the work of volunteers, David Delatora owner of Delatora Construction provided a crew to install the new roof for the Seniors’ Center. Woodson Lumber donated enough shingles for the Seniors’ Center as well as the shingles needed to cover another home. Tony Lenoir, President of Cen-Tex Roofing in Waco, for the second year, provided a crew to remove an old roof and install a new one.  Citizens State Bank donated funds to cover the cost of renting the trash dumpster and Farmers State Bank made a contribution to help with the purchase of materials. Several churches provided volunteer teams for the workday.  A group from Central Baptist Church in Thornton prepared and delivered lunches to sustain the workers on Saturday. Mr. Eastburn noted, “Although each homeowner commented that they were blessed by the work performed and the positive conversations with the volunteers, we consistently hear from the volunteers about how much they are blessed by the homeowners’ graciousness and by fellow workers encouraging them throughout the day.”

 

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