Hundreds join new community program

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With Karen Hudson at the helm, #1community1heart, an outreach project committed to make Benton County a better place to live will begin early morning Saturday.

Hudson said she came up with the idea when she was on two mission trips with her church. “God laid it on my heart to do something at home,” she explained.

So, Hudson handed it over to God. She said she leaned on Him to reveal what needed to be done in the area. Skip ahead several months and more than 350 locals will participate in #1community1heart.

Volunteers will meet at Apex Bank community room at 8 a.m. for a briefing and group photo. A short time later, they will disperse throughout the community with tasks in-hands.

Hudson hopes that people will take-on the giving spirit through the program and not let it end on Saturday. She hopes to continue other projects through the year.

Funds were made possible through the Sonny Melton Foundation in honor of Sonny Melton, Chemours, Hudson’s son, NFL Tight End Tanner Hudson, Apex Bank and others.

Hudson smiled, “We want to do all we can, not just for friends and family, but for all of our neighbors, as well. Having experiences with mission trips, ultimately I thought if I can travel miles from home to do for others, why can’t I do it right here in Benton County.”

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