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    Hours of volunteering in Perry and Faulkner Counties

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    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV)--The United Way of Central Arkansas held its second Week of Action this week in Perry and Faulkner Counties. With projects including school supply drives, painting, raking and picking up trash, there was something for everyone to do.

    One group of young adults from the Second Baptist Church in Conway spent their Saturday morning raking, cleaning out gutters, pruning bushes, mowing and more at the home of 99-year-old Bill Fill and his wife Dora Anna.

    "She calls it a medal of honor. She says it's from italy and she gave it to me for doing a good job on the hedges!" says LeighAnne Fortner, as she shows off a small pin, a gift from Dora Anna Fill

    Saturday, Dora Anna and her husband Bill, welcomed a group of young adults from the Second Baptist Church in Conway.
    Saturday came with an early wake up call for these volunteers 
    "I had to press the snooze button a couple of times but we made it out here good!" says Fortner.

    Nearly 20 volunteers raked, blew, pruned and cleaned.  Colby Thompson didn't mind being the youngest. He says, "Really I just went over there and picked up a lot of leaves, filled up about one bag and a few other bags. And sticks and just stuff that my dad and some other people blowed off the roof."

    Bill watches the workers do tasks he once did for himself. He says, "I don't do things myself any more, and so I leave it to my wife to figure out what should be done...And she made the [to do] list! They trimmed the bushes and did a little lawn cutting and just made everything look spic and span!"

    Last year, the week ended with 1100 volunteer hours accomplished. Organizers were on track to break that record at last count Saturday afternoon.

    Dora Anna said she regularly hires a lawn man, however, when her daughter put their name on the list to receive help from the community the phone rang off the hook. Everyone wanted to help the 99 and 92 year olds. 

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