It wasn't a day off; it was a day on for families of the Orangeburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. as more than two dozen dedicated residents teamed up for a day of service at Connie Maxwell Children's Home.
Now in is 127th year of operation, the Orangeburg campus of the residential group home facility serves 12 children.
The temperature was frigid, but the volunteers weren't timid about getting their hands dirty as "Jacks and Jills" could be found all over the property working, putting into practice the organization's programmatic thrust.
Vogues and Esquires were sweeping and mopping the gymnasium floor and cleaning out sheds. Skirts and Shirts, Lads and Lassies, and Guys and Dolls collaborated by organizing a utility room and cleaning restrooms.
Moms and Pops also joined in by helping pick up discarded bottles and trash along the highway, cleaning the cottages' porches, blowing leaves and reading to the Buttons and Bows during storytime.
The day wasn't just about work. The group enjoyed fellowship with the live-in staff and school-aged boys and girls in the recreation area.
Together they shared a lunch, which provided all the children an opportunity to learn about more of what unites people than divides them.
To wrap up the day, President Teresa Mack presented the area's program director with a $500 donation on behalf of the chapter.
A group photo in front of the Wentling Memorial Chapel captured the end to a rewarding morning honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.