ANDERSON, Ind. —
Getting up early and cleaning up at the Madison County Humane Society might not have been Connie Kanable's first choice for how to spend her Saturday morning.
But after she was done, she knew it was the right choice.
Kanable and about 80 other members of Methodist churches around Anderson participated in the church's Fall Community Day of Outreach on Saturday. The group met at First United Methodist Church downtown and broke into small groups to help out at various places in the city.
"I've got about five loads of laundry to do at home," Kanable said with a laugh. "There are other things we could be doing or might want to be doing, but we're helping others. This is what we should be doing."
Kanable was part of a group that went to the Madison County Humane Society, 2219 Crystal Street. Kanable picked up trash, mopped and folded newspapers to line the bottom of animal cages. It wasn't very glamorous work, but she felt good about it.
Bev Hamilton, who attends Bethel UMC on West Madison County Road 200 South, visited the Anderson Animal Shelter and walked nine medium-sized dogs, which turned out to be quite a chore. She said she could tell the canines were happy to get outside and play.
Peggy Ratz and Joyce Humphrey, who also attend Bethel, picked up food donations at Operation Love and delivered them to the church. The three women enjoy teaming up to help the community on outreach days.
Other groups picked up trash in various sectors of the city, and some visited nursing homes. A few older members stayed behind and relaxed during a Bible study at First UMC.
Bill Garver, pastor at Bethel, and a small group traveled around the city to lead prayers. The group made stops at Work One and work release programs, the Madison County Jail, the City and County buildings and the Anderson Police Department.
"Anderson is a city that has a lot of need right now, so we went around and prayed for some of the people and places who need it most," Garver explained.
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