LOWELL -- At the opening ceremony for the recent Lowell Day of Service, sponsored by Mormon Helping Hands, Mayor Edward Kennedy exclaimed, "Wow! This is the largest service project in the history of Lowell!"

And he was right. On Sept. 23, more than 300 participants performed about 1,000 hours of community service for the Lowell Day of Service.

Volunteers were able to scrape and repaint the fencing, including the main gate, at Edson Cemetery; create and transcribe digital files on each memorial at Old English Cemetery, using the BillionGraves app for genealogy research; mow, trim and weed the lawns and gardens at Bartlett Community Partnership School; and pressure-wash the seats and stadium at Cawley Stadium.

Eddie Ferrer, a professional painter who has ancestors buried at Edson Cemetery, works on the sign there during the Lowell Day of Service. COURTESY PHOTO
Eddie Ferrer, a professional painter who has ancestors buried at Edson Cemetery, works on the sign there during the Lowell Day of Service. COURTESY PHOTO

The Mormon Helping Hands project was sponsored by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of the Nashua and Lowell areas.

"This project represents our desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others," David Holland, president of the LDS church in the area, said in his opening remarks. "It is also an expression of our thanks to the city of Lowell, a city that has not only been good to us as a church, but also to many who have come to live here from all over the world."

This Saturday, Oct. 14, is "Lowell Day of Service, Part 2," Holland said.

Volunteers will meet from 8 a.m. to4 p.m., to finish the unpainted areas on the Edson Cemetery fence along Gorham Street.

Volunteers are welcome.


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Supplies and snacks will be provided. For more information, email MormonHelpingHandsNH@gmail.com.