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The Carthage Press
  • United Way volunteers give area agencies extra hands

  • Local volunteers gave the Carthage Salvation Army a much-needed manpower boost Friday morning with the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.


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  • Local volunteers gave the Carthage Salvation Army a much-needed manpower boost Friday morning with the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.
    Volunteers from local businesses gave their time to help the Salvation Army, and other area agencies that benefit from the United Way, with yard work, sorting toys leftover from the Christmas drive, and other projects that need attention.
     “Today’s help is great,” said Salvation Army caseworker Bess Wilkes. “There’s only three of us who work here, and we don’t have time to get out and do this needed yard work that some of the ladies are doing.”
    Sara Baird, who works at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital, pulled weeds around the Salvation Army parking lot. Baird brought her daughter to volunteer at the Day of Caring as well.
    “It’s important to teach your kids to get involved,” Baird said. “What better way than to invite her to come along?”
    Michelle Blevins and Kathy Anderson, who also both work at the hospital, signed up as a way to give something back.
    “It’s a nice opportunity to get to volunteer and help out the community,” Blevins said.
    Blevins and Anderson sorted Christmas toys into categories based on gender and age group, which Wilkes said was an exceptional help.
    “That’s going to really save time come November and December,” Wilkes said. “It’ll help when we have to decide what gifts we can give people and what age groups we really need to focus on.”
    United Way helps the Carthage Salvation Army year around. They provide invaluable financial support to one of the Salvation Army’s staple services: the soup kitchen. The soup kitchen serves lunch Monday through Friday and is free to the public. Last month they served about 1,400 meals.
    “Because of the United Way’s help, we’re able to provide such a good feeding program for the soup kitchen,” Wilkes said.
    At the Carthage Crisis Center, volunteers from Schreiber’s Foods helped install new windows on the southwest side of the facility.
    “It’s awesome,”?said Jerry Guarino, volunteer with the center. “I appreciate the extra help – especially on large projects like this.”
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