Area residents will be rolling up their sleeves to donate blood and provide community service Saturday, June 22, to honor the late Daniel Arnold, a young Gahanna man who believed in giving and making a difference.
Arnold died June 5, 2012, as a result of injuries from a canoeing accident. He was 21 and had just completed his junior year at the University of Dayton, where he was studying pre-medicine.
Brianna Ruth is organizing the inaugural community-service day called Danny's Day.
Her boyfriend is Danny's brother, Michael Arnold.
"Danny was very dedicated to service and community," she said." He was a very friendly person. When he was in the accident, the community came together for him. It showed what kind of person he was. This is to continue out his values and live out what he believed in his life."
The day will begin with a gathering in the Noble Center at St. Matthew School, 795 Havens Corners Road, at 8 a.m. for coffee and bagels and a short opening prayer.
Afterward, the volunteers will canvass the community for various service projects.
Thus far, about 150 volunteers have registered to participate in some form of community service. Anyone interested in participating in the event should register online at signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4CAEA923AB9-dannys.
Some of the projects include cutting and delivering firewood to camps for underprivileged youth; decorating pots and planting flowers to be given to Hospice patients through Odyssey Hospice; staffing a shift for the multidenominational pantry and clothing bank, Joseph's Coat Clothing Ministry; delivering Meals on Wheels; and playing games with residents at National Church Residences on Stygler Road.
Volunteers also will place storm-sewer decals on city storm drains.
"Because Daniel loved both nature and community, one of the projects that this dedicated group will take on is tagging Gahanna's storm inlets with labels that explain the concept that what you put in the drain eventually affects aquatic wildlife," said Dottie Franey, city service director, in a report to council. "We were able to personalize our standard labels so that the ones that this group installs have the following words added: 'Danny's Day cares about the environment.' We are grateful to these volunteers for helping us accomplish our tasks while honoring their loved one."
Ruth said anyone is invited to come up with a service project.
"There are a number of services already, but people can add their own," she said. "If they want to do their own service in memory of Danny, they can do that. We just want people serving the community in honor of him. This is a good thing for a good person."
The website for Danny's Day is dannysday.weebly.com.