Yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests dot Hemet/San Jacinto Valley in California

By Christine Rappleye

Mormon Times

Published: Sunday, May 8 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

Seventh in a series about "Day of Service" events

Yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests dotted Hemet and San Jacinto Valley, Calif., as more than 400 volunteers from the Hemet California Stake worked in parks around the area.

About 200 volunteers at Rancho Park in San Jacinto painted cement tables, trash containers and benches. Another 200 divided up and went to nine San Jacinto city parks with wheelbarrows, rakes and shovels to spread bark under all the playground equipment for each area. Young men and young women from across the stake helped at the parks as part of the their youth conference.

Another group of 10 young adults at Valleywide Park in Hemet dug and turned the soil to make a large mud area for Valleywide Recreation's annual fund-raiser "Mud Run" event.

Officials from the San Jacinto city manager's office said that the amount of work and service provided would have taken city workers a year to complete.

"We could have worked in all the parks of San Jacinto with the amount of volunteers that showed up," said Merrill Brinton, Hemet Stake public affairs council director.

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