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May 8, 2014

Day of Caring adjusts to drought

DUNCAN — The annual Day of Caring organized by the United Way of Stephens County has amended the chores it plans to carry out this Friday for the nonprofit agencies it helps out once a year.

Unlike previous years, there won’t be any flower planting or vehicle washing because of the drought and water rationing, said executive director Lauren Ellis.

There’s still plenty to do, however, for a dozen agencies that will be on the receiving end of the volunteer effort.

The chores will be based on what the organizations need done and typically entail groundskeeping, painting and light carpentry, Ellis said.

She expects about 200 volunteers will participate.

They have been asked to show up at 8:30 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, where they will divide up into teams and fan out around Duncan about 9 a.m. for a morning’s worth of work.

They  return to First Christian Church for lunch and then finish their projects in the afternoon, Ellis said.

Some businesses give their employees the day off to volunteer, Ellis said, and some new high school groups are also pitching in. Others businesses and organizations are donating supplies and food for the day’s effort, Ellis said.

 

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