Day of Caring and Giving

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Over 100 volunteers from 10 different businesses in the Meridian area came out to help the United Way of East Mississippi with its annual Day of Caring.

It's a time for citizens to give back and get involved with the United Way and partner agencies.

"It's a way for the volunteers to learn what the agencies do and a way to help these agencies with some much needed tasks that need to be done," said United Way's Katy Watkins.

Some of these partner agencies include the American Red Cross, Care Lodge, Hope Village and the Boys and Girls Club.

Volunteers worked on tasks ranging from stuffing envelopes to serving hot meals.

"For the Boy Scouts, it helps us get some work done to help us serve our kids," said John Beauregard.

Volunteers from Anderson Hospital helped prepare meals at Love's Kitchen, which serves the poor and homeless, while volunteers from Citizens National Bank painted walls at the Wesley House.

"It's a good way to put some foot and hand to our words," said Joel Johnson of Anderson Hospital. "We talk about helping people but a lot of the time we give our money but we don't give our service."