On Saturday, April 28, 2012, community members came together to participate in the first annual Love Turlock event, and the event has now been reviewed as a huge success.
Love Turlock is a service project event in which members of the community volunteer to serve at various project sites.
Projects at this year’s event included painting, mowing, trimming, weeding, leveling, plumbing, electrical, planting flowers, debris removal, recycling, grocery distribution, alley clean-up, haircuts, fence repair and building, drywall installation, construction work, and much, much more.
Love Turlock brought in approximately 1,100 community members who all volunteered to help with over 65 projects. 16 local churches were also involved with the event.
The event kicked off at 9am at the Target shopping center, where volunteers received their “Love Turlock” t-shirts, listened to welcoming statements from both Pastor Dave Larson, of New Life Christian Center, as well as Turlock Mayor John Lazar, and then broke off into their specific project groups.
As a result of Love Turlock, approximately 43 tons of debris was dumped at Turlock Scavenger, 413 families received grocery and food boxes, and over 60 free haircuts were given at Resource Fair.
After a long morning of hard work at the various sites, everyone involved met at Columbia Park for a free celebratory barbeque. Over 900 individuals were served lunch, with approximately 400 pounds of chicken consumed, 300 hot dogs, and over 2000 cookies!
Pastor Dave Larson, who oversaw the entire project, said that Turlock would not be planning another Love Turlock event in September, as other local cities are, but rather will focus on keeping the event once year.
“Right now, we’re not looking to do the one in September, but instead put all our efforts into making this ONE day as wide-reaching as possible,” explained Pastor Larson.
“I always tell people that we do this one day together, so that we all realize what’s possible the other 364 days of the year when we serve those that we come in contact with.”