Pine Bluff residents are urged to "go the extra mile" Saturday, Nov. 1, because Mayor Debe Hollingsworth has declared that date Extra Mile Day.

Pine Bluff residents are urged to "go the extra mile" Saturday, Nov. 1, because Mayor Debe Hollingsworth has declared that date Extra Mile Day.


Extra Mile Day celebrates individuals and organizations who have chosen to create positive change in their communities by going the extra mile, according to a press release distributed by Extra Mile America.


Hollingsworth said that, while there are no specific activities related to Extra Mile Day taking place Nov. 1, the declaration is just one part of an ongoing effort to make Pine Bluff a more community-minded city.


Pine Bluff joins a national movement that includes 500 cities across the country in connection with Extra Mile America.


"Our residents don’t know all of the good that is happening in their community," Hollingsworth said.


"We are wanting our city to recognize that this is an avenue for going the extra mile and helping someone in need," Hollingsworth said. "It’s the idea of paying it forward by being aware and looking for a way to help somebody."


Hollingsworth said that a Pine Bluff police officer’s actions in 2013 exemplify this attitude.


"I don’t remember his name, but I know that he was sent to an elderly woman’s home," Hollingsworth said. "While there, he discovered that the woman had some serious plumbing issues in her bathroom. He went to the hardware store, purchased all of the necessary supplies and repaired that woman’s bathroom on his day off."


Hollingsworth said that the city is seeking out residents who have done the same type of thing for public recognition.


"As people submit their going-the-extra-mile nominations and stories, we will forward them on to the national level," Hollingsworth said. "As they are revealed, we will probably put them on our website."


The Extra Mile Day movement started in 2009 with founder Shawn Anderson making a 4,000 mile solo bike ride across the United States, according to information provided in a press release. During the ride, he interviewed 200 people he identified as "going the extra mile" by either accomplishing something unique or in overcoming major tragedy.


"It’s easy to complain about everything we see going on around us," Anderson said in the press release. "The go-the-extra-mile message, though, gives people an alternative to just throwing their arms in the air and saying ‘I give up.’ Extra Mile Day is a small reminder of the power we each have to create positive change at any time on any day."