A day of showing you care about others

By RITA FARLOW, Times Staff Writer
Published October 28, 2007

Volunteers will hit the streets of Largo on Nov. 10 for the sixth annual Day of Good Deeds.

The purpose is to lend a hand to the less fortunate and to "show people that somebody cares about them," said recreation program manager Warren Ankerberg, who helped start the event six years ago.

In previous years, volunteers have mowed lawns, cleaned gutters and done household chores. The focus for 2007 will be on visits to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior communities, Ankerberg said.

The event is a joint effort of the nonprofit Largo Volunteer Corps Advisory Board Inc., the Largo Volunteer Action Corps and the city's Recreation, Parks and Arts Department.

Jeanie Fowler, resident program director at the Barrington, a senior living community, said volunteers have sewed buttons and ironed clothes, read letters and played music for residents on previous good deeds days.

More than anything, the residents enjoy the companionship, Fowler said.

"Any type of one-on-one attention is just awesome for them. I wish I could get volunteers to come every Saturday," Fowler said.

Volunteers will write brief status reports about their visits, which allows organizers to identify people who may have additional needs, Ankerberg said.

How to help

Sign up

Volunteers are needed for the Day of Good Deeds on Nov. 10. Organizers are also registering people requesting a good deed. Volunteers will meet at the Largo Cultural Center, Parkview Room, 105 Central Park Drive, for registration from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast, a barbecue lunch and T-shirt will be provided. A USO-style show and volunteer fair will be in the afternoon, once volunteers return from their visits. Call 518-3131 by Friday to register.