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Turlock prepares to feel the love
Volunteers still needed for Saturday event
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Love Turlock volunteers bring new life to Salvation Army grounds in 2012. - photo by Journal file photo

A Valley-wide demonstration of love is set for Saturday as hundreds of volunteers will take to their city streets and neighborhoods to clean, paint, rebuild and repair.

The second annual Love Turlock event is expected to draw at least 1,200 volunteers, said organizer Craig Brooks. While volunteers will be working on projects for a few nonprofit organizations, the focus this year is on helping individuals and families.

"We want people connecting with others through the project," said Brooks.

From fixing leaky plumbing to replacing a window for a senior citizen, most of the Love Turlock projects are something that can be accomplished in four to five hours by a small group.

While many local churches had similar volunteer work day projects, Love Turlock brings them together for one day of giving back.

"It helps to bring all the churches together on one day; getting out of the four walls of church and into the community," said Brooks.

It's not too late to sign up as a Love Turlock volunteer. A list of projects and  volunteer registration are available at A kick-off rally is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the Target parking lot, after which project groups will head out to individual work sites.

A free barbecue lunch will be provided for Love Turlock volunteers and the community at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Park, 595 High St.