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Our view: Great Days shows best of Gwinnett

It is a project that began nine years ago and has turned into one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the country. The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services Great Days of Service concluded Saturday, another example of a community helping itself.

Last year, more than 30,000 people helped complete 150 projects during the two-day event, and this year's totals were expected to approach or surpass that.

Many different projects were tackled by an army of volunteers, ranging from painting murals or reading to children and seniors to landscaping and construction work. People of all ages - including all freshmen at Georgia Gwinnett College - pitched in to help a project that shows Gwinnett at its best.

"The county is very community minded," said Nicole Love, a Gwinnett Coalition associate director. "We've very proud of what we've become, and we've been successful because the people here have made a difference."

A difference that was appreciated again this weekend.

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