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More than 100 volunteers help with 'Day of Caring'

DUNCAN, Okla._Volunteering took center stage in Duncan as the United Way of Stephens County kicked off their annual 'Day of Caring' in order to give back to the community.

Despite rainy conditions, more than 100 volunteers painted, organized and cleaned 11 local non-profits in the area. Duncan was filled with volunteers Friday as part of a citywide effort to give back to the community and show how much the city means to all residents.

"It's our way to give back. Not everybody can donate their money all the time, but this is a way they can donate and they can advocate for the agencies that they really appreciate," said Tara Davies, United Way of Stephens County executive director.

Advocating is what it's about for Kaylee Price. Volunteering isn't exactly new for this philanthropist.

"I just pick different things that interest me and go from there," said Price.

She knew sorting toys and books at one facility was exactly where she wanted to be.

"I really like the Toy Shop because they do help families who are in poverty that can't provide any presents for their kids for Christmas," said Price.

The Toy Shop of Duncan is just one location where the United Way worked to complete simple but time-consuming tasks, so those who put the community first could continue in their quest.

"We've been meeting for the last three months, just every other couple of weeks coordinating what agencies needed services done, what supplies we needed for those services," said Davies.

It's a labor of love for organizers and volunteers alike; hard work done today that they hope becomes contagious for others in the future.

"I really want to bring others into volunteering and show the importance of it and how it impacts people to help out and give back to your community," said Price.

If you'd like to get involved in making a difference in the community, you can do so here.

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