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Letter to the Editor: Day of Caring was ‘a complete success’

I would like to thank all of the wonderful community members who participated in the United Way Day of Caring event on Sept. 18.

Day of Caring is a mobilization of volunteers to celebrate the spirit of giving through service by providing a day of meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals of the community.

Volunteers are assigned to assist the seniors and homebound folks of our community and tackle meaningful volunteer projects.

Perham High School senior and junior student volunteers, along with adult project leaders, went to nine senior citizen homes and completed jobs ranging from raking lawns, picking up rock, cleaning out garage rafters, washing windows, cleaning up flower gardens, and trimming hedges. The kids also painted the long fence along the soccer fields, cleaned out all of the gardens across from the Perham Area Community Center, and picked up garbage for the city of Perham. 

A total of 270 volunteer hours were logged at this event. Everyone had a positive can-do attitude and the day was a complete success!

I spoke with a number of the senior citizen clients the following day, and every one of them had nothing but amazing things to say about the Perham High School students that came to their homes. We are so lucky to have such great kids in our community, and I so do appreciate that they volunteered for this event and gave it their all!

I would also like to thank the Day of Caring committee, the adults who volunteered their time to lead students on projects, and all of the wonderful sponsors whose donations made this day possible.

Christi Stoll

United Way of Otter Tail County Volunteer and Events Coordinator