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Thousands of people serve on Day of Caring

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For tri-county residents 9/11 brings people together for a day of community service. In one of the largest volunteer efforts nationwide, people in the Charleston area came together to bring beauty to the area and help those in need.

"It's good to get out here and help with the community, packing supplies batteries and water for people who need help, and helping here at red cross, painting their building," volunteer Trent Shealy said.

Dozens of volunteers from Palmetto Behavioral Health, Carolina First Bank, and Charleston Southern University came to the Red Cross Chapter in North Charleston for the annual Day of Caring.

"We've been planning this all year long and everybody had to arrange their schedules to be available to do this and it's a lot of fun," CSU President and volunteer Jairy Hunter said.

At Collins Park in North Charleston some of the volunteers power washed the playground equipment for kids. Day of Caring organizers estimate at least 6,000 people throughout the Lowcountry community came out to serve.

The volunteers spent the day trimming up trees along Fellowship Road.

"We helped with the park. We did pruning. We did digging. We did planting." Wendy Thomas said.

A group from Blackbaud on Daniel Island even came out to paint.

"It's something that I like to do. It does get you out of a day of work, but same time you're out here working, but it's fun," volunteer Shannon Miller said.

 The Trident United Way sponsors the Day of Caring nationwide. Officials say the Lowcountry effort is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the country.

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