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(Neb)-Day Of Caring Wed In Chadron, More Volunteers Welcome

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/01/2019 09:02 PM
CHADRON - Wednesday was the United Way Day of Caring at the Assumption Arena in Chadron, with volunteers gathering to package 25,000 meals for distribution in Dawes and Box Butte Counties through food banks, meal sites, school backpack programs, and the like.

      United Way Serving Box Butte and Dawes Counties director Karen Benzel says donations and financial support for the Day of Caring has been wonderful, allowing the program to distribute 5,000 more meals than last year, but the number of volunteers signing up to help is down a little.

     Benzel was worried as the week began because she had commitments from far fewer than the 70 volunteers she thinks she needs to get the work done in two hours, but a good response the past two days have given her enough to do the job, but more will be welcome.

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Benzel says those interested in helping who haven't signed up yet should should up about 9:00 to get a quick lesson on what they'll be doing.

    United Way of Western Nebraska held another Day of Caring Tuesday morning in Gering that saw some 250 volunteers package 70,000 meals - 15,000 more than last year.

      Volunteers in Gering worked in stations of 10 people in assembly lines to weigh bulk foods and put them in sealed, label packages with multiple packages boxed for delivery.

      United Way of Western Nebraska Executive Director Steph Black told KNEB News that the Day of Caring program is funded solely through grants and donations specifically earmarked for it. She estimates it cost about $19,000 this year.


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