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March 28, 2013

United Way of Stephens county prepare for Day of Caring

DUNCAN — After a long and hard worked campaign season, United Way of Stephens County is gearing up for full day of service for area agencies.

There are 16 project sites on the list for this year’s Day of Caring, which means the need for volunteers is great. The workday runs from 9:30 to 4 April 5 and begins at First Christian Church with a donut breakfast.

“We’re expecting about 100-150 volunteers, which is great,” said Gina Flesher, event chair. “Most just show up the day of.”

You can sign up early by calling the United Way office at 580-255-3648. There are plenty of ways to volunteer and something for just about everyone. Plus, every volunteer will get a Day of Caring T-shirt.

“There’s some painting, minor construction, and lots of landscaping,” Flesher said.

“We’re also going to see about a few people taking residents of Duncan Community Residence fishing. Who wouldn't like to spend their day of volunteering fishing?”

While most jobs are in Duncan, there will be groups traveling to other towns in the county as well. Christian Helping Hands in Comanche is getting a handrail installed and Marlow Samaritans’ clothing shop is going to have their clothing sorted in order to switch out the winter clothing currently on display to spring and summer attire.

“We try to do unique things for (the agencies),” said Flesher. “It’s about what they want.”

Doors will be put up at the current youth shelter. Other few entities that will be having projects done are Toy Shop, Christian’s Concerned, Power Shop, Duncan Little Theatre and Douglass Eastside Senior Center.

If you don’t have the time to spare but would like to help out, donations are always welcome. Items such as water or cookies for after the free lunch that is provided at noon are good ideas.

“Duncan Builders have donated all our supplies, they do that every year and all the banks have donated,” Flesher said. “What we really need is for people to bring their tools to let us borrow for the day.”

Tools such as hammers and screw drivers for the construction jobs and weed wackers and rakes for the landscaping jobs are a few examples.

All of the various agencies’ vans, if they have any, are going to get a good wash during Day of Caring as well.

“There is going to be lots of good stuff going on and it’s going to be a great day,” said Flesher. “We will work come rain or shine but are praying for good weather.”

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