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Days of Caring

By DONNELL BATES
Herald Correspondent

Local employees of businesses and nonprofits reached out helping hands recently to show they cared during the United Way of Charlotte County’s Days of Caring event.

This weeklong endeavor was started by the United Way to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish, stated a United Way press release. Held Sept. 22 and 25, businesses in Charlotte County allowed employees and staff to volunteer with United Way of Charlotte County partner agencies.

According to the United Way, businesses participating in Days of Caring included: City of Punta Gorda, Edison State College, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, First Community Bank, Florida’s Blood Centers, National Bank of Southwest Florida, Publix Supermarkets District II, Smugglers Enterprises, SunTrust Bank and Target.

Projects range from landscaping and cleaning to packaging food for distribution at local food pantries, according to United Way. This year brought out 160 volunteers, said volunteer organizer Carrie Hussey.

Two volunteer groups included one from Fawcett Memorial Hospital, assisting Operation Medication Dropoff Day at the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic in Port Charlotte Sept. 22, and a group from the Publix at Cocoplum Village Shops in North Port Sept. 25, who helped paint and clean a house for a family of four who needed this help.

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