Preparations made for the United Way Day of Caring

By: 
DONNA SUMMMERALL
Staff Writer

Local volunteers will have the opportunity to see United Way dollars at work during the annual Day of Caring Tuesday, Oct.24, in West Point. Sponsored by North Mississippi Medical Center, Royal Trucking and Southern Ionics, this event will match volunteers with agencies for a morning of work and fellowship.
Royal Trucking will have a truck parked downtown on Veterans Drive behind City Hall on that day to collect storm supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims and Mississippi Blood Services will be on hand for a blood drive from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., according to United Way Executive Director Stacy Hays.
Hays said the recovery effort in Houston is long-term and there are still needs to be met and will be for months to come.

“We will be collecting non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies such as cleaning products, mops, brooms, etc; diapers and formula and personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and feminine products. We will not be accepting any clothing or toys.”
She said United Way volunteers and Royal Trucking employees will be available to load the items onto the truck.

“I have been in constant contact with the United Way of Houston, Texas and Royal Trucking has graciously agreed to transport the donations to a warehouse in that city,” Hays said.

Agencies participating in Day of Caring include Clay County Community Day Care, Project Homestead Food Pantry, West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, Sally Kate Winters Family Services, Boy Scouts and the American Red Cross.
“Volunteers will be doing everything from walking dogs, rocking babies and issuing food to helping install smoke detectors,” Hays said. “As part of their Day of Caring project, the American Red Cross will be installing smoke detectors in local homes that need them. If you know of someone who needs this service, please call the United Way office at 494-8089 and leave your name and number. The Red Cross is compiling a list of those interested.”

Work at the various agencies will begin at 8 a.m. and volunteers and agency representatives will meet in Sally Kate Winters Park at noon to enjoy a boxed lunch provided by North Mississippi Medical Center. T-shirts, compliments of Southern Ionics, will be delivered to volunteers the day before the event.

Lisa Henley, director of the West point Clay County Animal Shelter, said she welcomes the help that comes with the United Way Day of Caring.
"The group who comes always bring items from our wish list," Henley said. "We appreciate the hard work that they come here and do. A lot of the volunteers help with deep cleaning, walk dogs or play with the more than 40 cats we are housing right now."
Henley said these volunteers truly give of themselves while working at the animal shelter. She said it is a huge help to the shelter to provide the animals with enjoyment while they are waiting for a home.

"It means a lot to us for the animals to have someone to play with," Henley said. "We wouldn't want to spend our lives in one room. They need a chance to see new people and have a playmate for a little while. The animals love to have visitors."

Volunteers from the following businesses and organizations will participate in Day of Caring: North Mississippi Medical Center, Southern Ionics, Royal Trucking, Jordan Transfer, Yokohama Tire, Prestage Farms, West Point School District, Oak Hill Academy, Sunflower, Urgent Team, Graham Roofing, Northside Christian Church, City of West Point, First United Methodist Church, East Mississippi Community College and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
For more information, please contact Stacy Hays at stacy.hays@unitedway.org or call the United Way office at 494-8089

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