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MLK Day of Good Deeds brings 300 volunteers to Largo

They cleared woods, cleaned porches and visited shut-ins.

One group rode a bus to the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines to visit hospitalized veterans.

In all, about 300 volunteers heeded the call to serve others during Largo's MLK Day of Good Deeds.

The city of Largo has held a Day of Good Deeds for seven years. But this year's event was moved up from the early spring to Saturday to coincide with the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was Monday.

In addition to the city, other coordinating sponsors were the Volunteer Corps Advisory Board, the Palms of Largo and the Senior Advisory Board.

Volunteers ranged from kids to seniors.

"For youngsters, especially, the program makes it clear that anyone can volunteer,'' said Craig Dolan, one of the event's coordinators. "It gives people the sense of caring about community and showing that people always need our help.''

About 10 city employees supervised the efforts in five of the city parks where tasks ranged from trash pickup to pulling out invasive plants and shrubbery, like air potato plants.

Five staffers also worked in Ulmer Park coordinating activities.

The Day of Good Deeds ended with a barbecue and music performed by the Fabulous Clearwater Bluegrass Band.

"We had some familiar faces, but we also had many new volunteers this year,'' Dolan said. "It was just a great day.''

Reach Piper Castillo at pcastillo@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4163.

By the numbers

300 volunteers

4 sponsoring organizations

15 city employees supervising volunteers in ...

5 city parks

1 evening of barbecue and entertainment

MLK Day of Good Deeds brings 300 volunteers to Largo 01/19/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:31pm]
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