On Sept. 24, the United Way of the Mark Twain Area held its 20th Annual Day of Caring.

On Sept. 24, the United Way of the Mark Twain Area held its 20th Annual Day of Caring. Free breakfast for volunteers and agencies was hosted at the Hannibal LaGrange University Dining Hall at 7:30 a.m. Campaign Chairman Andy Dorian shared his vision for this year’s campaign, and talked briefly about the purpose for this day.

The United Way agencies provided the projects, and volunteers from General Mills, Northeast Power, Crop Production Services, Hannibal YMCA, and others provided the workers to complete the projects. Projects included food distribution, metal shelving installation, staining, painting, fence repair, guttering, roofing and more!

The purpose of the Day of Caring is best told through the story of Justin Roberts, pictured with his team from Northeast Power who worked at Heartland Resources in Ewing, Mo. About 10 years ago Justin and his brother were in a serious automobile accident. Bedridden for six weeks, they were recovering from a broken back and a damaged femur. The Home Health Care Unit from Heartland Resources helped the boys during their recovery. Justin’s willingness to share his story emphasizes: support the United Way agencies so that they are able to continue their good work; volunteering in the community is as good for your heart as it is for the people you help; and advocate on behalf of the agencies. You never know how your sharing may impact others.

The Day of Caring serves to heighten awareness of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area. The annual drive that this year will raise $565,000 for human service programs in Marion, Ralls, Shelby, Monroe and Lewis Counties. This year’s slogan is so proven from the many stories from the Day of Caring. Get Up, Get United, The United Way.