OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Ole Miss students and Oxford residents came together in one of the largest community service events that the school has been a part of for years.
The Ole Miss Big Event is a day of service to the community while building relationships between students and community members.
"It's really a whole lot of mix match projects going on today," said Big Event co-director Cade Slaughter.
Co-chairs Cade Slaughter and Miller Carlton said the event was not only about various community service projects but bringing Ole Miss students and the community together.
"It makes them happy," Carlton said. "We hope it brings a smile to their faces because it's out of the service of the students' hearts and our hearts, just a way to say thank you."
This year the Big Event was a two-day event instead of one. Participants volunteered at schools, churches, non-profit organizations, community centers, and city/county supervised sites. Some of those service projects included a car wash, creating dog toys for local shelters and cleaning up the Boys and Girls club.
Jasmine Thompson, the Boys and Girls club program director said she was grateful for the service.
"You could be doing anything else on your free time," Thompson said. "But they chose to help with the Boys and Girls club and make a difference."
As for Slaughter and Carlton, they just hope the event not only amplified the true meaning of service but brought the community together.
"The Big Event's whole mission is getting out there and getting to know people who also take up the same space as you," said Slaughter. "But also serving at the same time."
The event normally attracts 1200 volunteers, but because of the pandemic, organizers limited the number of participants to nearly 700.