Day of Caring is truly an opportunity to help those who need it most

Published 6:25 pm Friday, April 27, 2018

Thursday, more than 200 volunteers built houses, stripped floors, cleaned flowerbeds and more as part of the United Way of West Central Mississippi’s 21st annual Day of Caring.

Vicksburg and Warren County continue to prove time after time that this is a community willing to give back and help out those in need. When the water main broke in town last year, the community rallied to help each other. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, people donated a truckload full of supplies to help the people impacted.

Each year, the Day of Caring is another opportunity where members of the community have a chance to take time out of their busy schedules and give back. And year after year they rise to the occasion.

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The more than 200 volunteers helped with 18 projects Thursday including work at the YMCA, Warren County Children’s Shelter, Grace Christian Counseling Center, building a house with Habitat for Humanity and more.

The impact this community has when it comes together far outstrips what would be expected of a community this size. The United Way is vibrant and supports 19 partner agencies and couldn’t do that without Warren County residents donating their hard earned dollars.

“It is the day of love,” said Heidi Burrell, United Way’s director of resource development, said of the Day of Caring. “If nothing else, 200 people get to touch another life and they get to see our agencies, talk to our directors and find out what the programs are and their services. It is not just open to United Way partners. It is also other not for profits in our community.”

Kudos to the people of Warren County who continue to take time and donate money to help those in need.