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Three Tenn. counties benefit from Carson-Newman’s Saturday service blitz

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On Saturday, Oct. 12, over 450 members of the Carson-Newman University community joined together for a half-day service blitz. The effort was part of the University’s annual Operation Inasmuch and is coordinated through C-N’s Bonner Center.

After assembling in C-N’s Maddox Student Activities Center Saturday morning, participants broke into teams and traveled to over 30 service project sites in Jefferson, Hamblen and Knox counties. Locations included Appalachian Outreach, Samaritan House, The Boys and Girls Club of Dumplin Valley, area schools, and Knoxville’s Random Acts of Flowers.

Will Brummett, logistics coordinator for the University’s Bonner Center, said the effort is a good visible example of Carson-Newman’s mission of preparing servant leaders.

“Overall, at Carson-Newman we take seriously Christ’s commandment in Matthew 25:40 that, ‘In as much as you did unto the least of these my brothers, you did to me,’” said Brummett. “We look forward to building on this year’s momentum to continue serving our community in this way for years to come.”

Since becoming the first college or university to host an Operation Inasmuch event in 2006, Carson-Newman University has established an annual Day of Service. The campus-wide effort sends teams of Carson-Newman students, faculty and staff throughout the region on outreach projects as a way to “give back” to the community.

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