By Alicia Lacy

The Cove Herald

Saturdays are usually saved for early-morning cartoons in pajamas or sleeping until the day is almost through, but this past Saturday the 15th Finance Company out of Fort Hood spent their morning landscaping for the Hope Pregnancy Center in Copperas Cove.

Capt. Shaun McMurchie assembled his company to volunteer two months ago after hearing about Make a Difference Day.

“They said there’s a program called Make a Difference Day and there’s a list of different organizations. We picked Hope Pregnancy Center. It’s not the whole company, but definitely different personnel from separate detachments are out here,” McMurchie said.

Even Anaya Baisley, the 4-year-old daughter of Maj. Terrie Baisley, came out to help.

“She raked leaves. She likes landscaping and yard work,” Baisley said.

A group of approximately eight adults from the company, along with two children gathered at the center at 9 a.m. and quickly got to work.

They did basic yard work such as moving the lawn, trimming the shrubbery, pruning leaves off of branches and edging the sidewalks.

“We wanted to get outdoors,” McMurchie said.

The company’s customer service/training noncommissioned officer, Alicia Blakey, raked and cleaned most of the morning. “He asked if anyone wanted to volunteer and I like volunteering,” Blakey said.

The center’s director, Annette Kemp, was grateful to the company for their help.

“A lot of times when you’re doing volunteer work and service to the community, sometimes it’s not just that a tree was trimmed, but it’s the support of the community and we appreciate it greatly,” Kemp said.

The center usually has one man who mows the lawn. According to Kemp, a group from the Army Family Team Building and Missionettes from the Five Hills Assembly of God also helped with some of the landscaping.

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