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April 2 'Love Ceres' event drawing lots of interest
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Over 200 persons have signed up to play a part in the April 2 "Love Ceres" event, a day of community service and outreach organized by Big Valley Grace Church in Modesto.

A number of Ceres churches are also onboard and a number of high school clubs are also getting involved.

"We're getting a great response from the community," said Paul Redfern, a code enforcement officer with the city of Ceres who is coordinating city projects.

Bryan Nicholes said the event is more than a citywide clean-up and calls for persons to take on one task that Saturday morning. Jobs include delivering cookies to police officers and firefighters, cleaning up and pulling weeds in parks and neighborhoods, visiting seniors in retirement homes, donating blood, collecting food for local food pantries, helping elderly and disabled Ceres residents with yard work, working at the Faith Home Teen Challenge Ranch and visiting with new refugees from Iraq and Iran.

Nicholes said the goal of the day is to "go out there and just love on people."

The day will start out with a 9 a.m. gathering for instructions at the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth Street.

Persons interested in the jobs offered during Love Ceres may sign up through its website, or The deadline for sign-ups is Sunday, March 27.

Another Love Ceres day will be planned for June 25.