When the churches invited ideas for projects, 6-year old Finn Robbins, suggested he could run a lemonade stand to raise funds for People Helping People – an organization that provides financial emergency assistance to families and individuals in Fauquier County.
It turned out to be a successful venture. Finn, along with family members and friends, returned to Main Street on Oct. 15 and raised $230 for the charity.
First Baptist Church member John Thompson, retired Fauquier coach and teacher, led a team to help trim bushes and clean the yard of an elderly woman.
Debbie Mrozek, of Bethel United Methodist, was thrilled that approximately 80 people showed up for a pizza party she and other team members hosted for the area surrounding Eva Walker Park.
Sandy Williams arrived at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center ready with lotion and oils to give hand massages. Her other team members lifted the spirits of residents by painting their fingernails in a bright array of colors.
Some of the teams supported ongoing projects of other community organizations, such as cleaning up debris from a Fauquier Community Coalition house renovation, lending extra hands to a Fauquier Habitat for Humanity project and helping the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co. deliver smoke alarms to neighborhoods.
Other projects included collecting food for local ministries, splitting wood for families needing help with winter heating and hosting a barbecue luncheon to honor veterans.
Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit that helps motivate, train and equip churches to move more congregants out of the sanctuary seats and into the streets to serve the neediest in their communities. For more information, visit www.operationinasmuch.org.