By Alex LaCasse
Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:43 PMUpdated May 2, 2019 at 5:43 PM
NEWMARKET — The second annual Newmarket Cares Day will be expanded to a two-day event this year to accommodate all the interest of residents who wanted to help clean and perform minor landscaping work at 16 locations in town.
The first day will take place this Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. All attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of work gloves and a flexible attitude, Newmarket Community Church Pastor Patricia Marsden said. She said Junior-Senior High School students will be let out of school early May 10 as well to lend a hand for the encore community service day running from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting location for both Newmarket Cares events will be the Community Church and all participants will receive a T-shirt.
“It was a phenomenal event last year and it exceeded all of our expectations, particularly because a lot more kids than ever reached out to volunteer in a number of our community service opportunities in the thrift store and food pantry,” Marsden said.
Last year sites included parks and several properties of elderly residents who could not do their own spring cleaning. Marsden said this year will be similar with the addition of helping families affected by the April 5 fire in a Newmarket Housing Authority building and assisting with the construction of a screened-in deck for a family with a child suffering from a serious illness and can’t be directly outside.
Marsden said 10 community groups have signed up to participate and Newmarket Cares Day is being done in partnership with the Durham Rotary Club.
“It warms my heart to see people help others,” Marsden said. “And they’re doing it without asking the question of who is worthy or who is eligible but just to serve others.”