Day of Caring May 10, 2019



Friday, May 10, 2019

Day of Caring a big success

Plants and shrubbery were planted. Weeds were pulled. Mulch was spread. Limbs were cut and removed. Hedges were trimmed. Downed trees were cut into firewood.  Interior and exterior walls were painted. Drywall was patched. A creek was cleared. A piano and filing cabinet were moved.

Windows were washed, caulked and trimmed. Bathrooms were cleaned.  Theatre costumes were organized. Sets and stage props were rearranged.  An agency sign was redesigned and freshly painted. An overhang was repaired and rotted panels removed.

More than 150 volunteers of all ages, shapes and sizes shared their talents, skills, time and energy on a cool, rainless Friday here to help not-for-profit organizations across the county in the latest version of A Day of Caring, coordinated by the United Way of Stephens County, and now more than 40 years an area tradition.

Much was accomplished.

“It was simply wonderful,” Kathy Snider of the Toy Shop said. “We look forward to A Day of Caring every year. It brings our regular volunteers together to do jobs they don’t normally do and the additional help enables us to get so many things done that we couldn’t ordinarily do.

“It was a special day ad we’re grateful to the United Way for making it happen.”  Added Leigh McEntire, president of Duncan Little Theatre: “Our folks couldn’t have been more pleased or excited. Our workers made a huge difference and their work will help us throughout the year.

“We’re really grateful for the attention.”

Seventeen agencies – seven United Way, 10 throughout the county – benefited from the massive team work.

In addition to the Toy Shop and Duncan Little Theatre which each had two locations on the agenda, other agencies assisted were Camp Ekowah of the Girl Scouts, Camp Waluhiyi of the Boy Scouts, Charis Pregnancy Center, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Christian Helping Hands of Comanche, Delta Nutrition North, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center and Velma Senior Citizens Center.

“We were overwhelmed again by the generosity of our sponsors and the enthusiasm of our volunteers,” project chairman Kristen Arrington said.   “Our county is blessed to have so many volunteers who keep the United Way and other agencies going on a day-to-day basis,” she continued. “It’s awesome to see them supported by others in the community who believe in their missions. Our hope, as it is every year, is that while this year was great and next year will be even bigger.”

That it was a community event was obvious.

Duncan Regional Hospital provided its main floor conference as a staging area, its pavilion for the official photo, a light breakfast and boxed lunches for all participants.

The United Way’s Helen Stewart coordinated dozens of details, plans and contacts.

Sponsors included Ace Hardware, BancFirst, Duncan, BancFirst, Marlow, Bank of Commerce, Chisholm Corner, DAEDF, Debbie Duggar Visuals, Duncan Builders Supply, Duncan Noon Lions, Gardentown, John Ray Green, Ligon’s Garden Center, McCoy’s Building Supplies, Precision Recovery, Sherwin Williams and Smith Power.

The Comanche Times, The Duncan Banner, KSWO-TV, KFXI-92, The Lawton Constitution, The Marlow Review and Chisholm Trail Community News all provided media support.

In addition to A Day of Caring, the United Way of Stephens County, which started in 1954 as the Community Chest, oversees an annual fund-raising campaign that helps support its partner agencies and coordinates Readers & Leaders, a program that places volunteer readers in Duncan Public School pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade classes throughout the year.

For more information about the United Way, call (580) 255-3648 or visit its office at 12 South 8th Street in downtown Duncan.