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United Way in need of supplies for annual David Hegwood Day of Caring event

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma needs supplies for their 23rd annual David Hegwood Day of Caring event.

Businesses helping agencies help those who need it most is the focus of The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma's aims for during their annual Day of Caring Event later this month.
This will be the 23rd year business volunteer groups team up with different agencies to help with projects ranging from housekeeping, painting and landscaping.

The United Way already surpassed their goal of getting over 250 volunteers for the event, but still needs help getting more supplies.

This event gives agencies the opportunity to establish relationships with businesses and strengthen the volunteers' awareness of their mission.

Last year, The Lawton Food Bank got more storage for their warehouse and had their food pantry repainted.

Lawton Food Bank Executive Director Jeri Mosiman said they put in three rows of racking in their warehouse. Mosiman said the additional storage was needed because they were running out of space to store food.


"The need here had increased so dramatically that if we were not able to move up with our storage we would be looking for more land or another building to buy," Mosiman.

The food bank also had their food pantry repainted without having to close the agency down while they removed everything from the walls.

But President and CEO of United Way for Southwest Oklahoma Lauren Ellis said the David Hegwood Day of Caring wouldn't be possible without volunteers.

"To see 250 to 300 people taking off work that day, taking time from the busy schedules to give these nonprofits and now our city the love and support that they need," Ellis said.

Aaron Russell has volunteered with the event in the past years with his company PSO Oklahoma doing whatever he can do to help different agencies.  This year, they're working with Roadback, Incorporated, helps people on the road to recovery providing treatments services and will help remodel their sun room.

"We just come together work shoulder to shoulder with like minded people and really just impact the community for good instead of all the bad news and the negative things you hear," Russell said.


If you would like to donate money or items to the United Way contact their office at (580) 355-0218 for more information.

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