Thousands volunteer for Trident United Way's Day of Caring

Students get a veggie garden and weather center from Trident workers. (Photo: Nicole Johnson)
Students get a veggie garden and weather center from Trident workers. (Photo: Nicole Johnson)
The Lowcountry University school volunteers at primate rescue center. (Photo: Nicole Johnson)
The Lowcountry University school volunteers at primate rescue center. (Photo: Nicole Johnson)
Kids at FDES say thank you to the volunteers from Trident Health System. (Photo: Nicole Johnson)
Kids at FDES say thank you to the volunteers from Trident Health System. (Photo: Nicole Johnson)
Volunteers outside Dee Norton Lowcountry Childrens Center on King Street. (Photo: Nicole Johnson)
Volunteers outside Dee Norton Lowcountry Childrens Center on King Street. (Photo: Nicole Johnson)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of volunteers are showing they care through a day of service. Friday marks Trident United Way's 2011 Day of Caring.

More than 60 volunteers came out to the Sea Islands Habitat for Humanity site in Joeva Cove in West Ashley.

"It's okay to take the time to do it. We close the office. It's just an opportunity to give back," volunteer from Johnson and Johnson Insurance in Mount Pleasant Peter Burrows said.

The insurance company and Blackbaud sent volunteers to dig foundation, install hardiplank, and paint homes for needy families.

"Anything we need to have done they come out here and volunteers to do it for the day. It's really an exciting and special day for us," Sea Islands Habitat Outreach Coordinator Priscilla Quirk said.

Volunteers also helped here at the International Primate Protection League in Summerville. Twenty-five volunteers from the Lowcountry University School in Mount Pleasant and Publix in Knightsville worked at the primate rescue site, spending the day planting flowers and fruit, and painting an area for the animals to play. It's home to more than 30 primates.

"Volunteers have worked so hard already, planting new stuff for us. It means a lot for them to be here and helping out," head of animal care Donetta Pacitti said.

The volunteers spiffed things up at Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, which is a home to help abused children.

"We are so blessed that they're out helping us today getting the place nice and shiny. We have a lot of families that come here during a difficult time in their lives and making it a little more presentable, a little shinier is a good asset," Dee Norton Clinical Director Don Elsey said.

More than 50 workers from Hagemeyer, Visture Internet Marketing, and South Carolina Federal Credit Union even spent time cleaning toys for the children.

Students in Summerville also got to work with some of the Trident United Way Day of Caring volunteers. Workers with Trident Health System helped the students create two gardens and build a weather center.

About 20 volunteers from the company came out to help the students learn about being healthy. The students will be growing carrots, cabbage, beets, and other veggies in the raised beds built by the volunteers.

"When you do this instead of eating chips, cookies or candy, you can grow these, eat a lot of it, fill you up, and it's wonderful for your body," Summerville Medical Center Director of Critical Care Laura Perdue said.

More than 8,000 people took part in 400 projects throughout the Lowcountry.

Trident United Way says it is a time for volunteers to reflect upon the American values that came under attack on 9/11.

In the 10 years since 9/11, 50,000 people have taken part in the Day of Caring bringing $10 million dollars worth of labor and supplies to area non-profits.

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