Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

February 5, 2014

Filling a need: The Heart, Hands and Feet project

By Leeann Akers - Editor

Feb. 5, 2014 — The Heart, Hands, and Feet project's call line kicked off on Monday.

The group is the brainchild of the Carter County Community Summit and the subsequent Chat N Chews held each week to discuss ideas for the betterment of the community.

“Becky Walker mentioned that Ken Beck from KCU and Grayson Mayor George Steele were looking for volunteer opportunities, and at the same time, I know our youth group at First Church was also looking,” said Mark Strother.

Strother facilitates the Chat N Chew sessions and is a very active member of many community organizations.

“We started looking for more opportunities to do mission-type work here at home. We've been meeting with some more youth leaders, like Jimmy Kozee, Derick Bush and Bradley Cotton, and we are all working together to do more right here.”

Like any volunteer organization, the group needs a “to do” list. The City of Grayson will be taking requests from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The plan is within a few days, requests will be answered and a plan set in motion.

“Maybe someone needs their snow shoveled or tables set up for an event,” Strother said. “We can help with simple things like that, and we can help build wheelchair ramps and paint houses, too. Hopefully, we can get more churches on both ends of the county involved as well, because this is a county-wide organization.”

Strother said the fledgling organization hopes to do more than just help the elderly or indigent.

“Eventually, we hope to be able to post on our Facebook and say, 'here is a need' and someone in the group will say, 'we can do that,'” Strother said.

To submit a request for volunteers, call the Grayson City Building at 474-6651.

Leeann Akers can be reached at or by phone at 474-5101.