Day of Caring 2013

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Thursday was a big day for The United Way of East Mississippi as it pushed toward a goal of raising $1 million.
The organization held its annual Day of Caring.

Volunteers from different companies in the community helped out at local United Way agencies.

The United Way says this year has been the largest ever for Day of Caring in terms of the number of volunteers. Those projects included painting, as well as organizing storage units and basements.

"I think it's two-fold," said The United Way's Sara Odom of the value of Day of Caring. "The companies that actually give monetarily, they get a chance to go to those agencies and actually see what goes on on a day-to-day basis. And I think it also helps the agencies see that the community members care about them and want to come out and do good for them."

Volunteers also organized paperwork for the Imagination Library program, which provides reading material for children up to five years old.

The United Way hosted a reception Thursday evening at LOVE's Kitchen for volunteers and businesses who made Day of Caring possible.