"Day of Caring" in Broome County

By WBNG News

"Day of Caring" in Broome County

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 11, 2009 at 6:15 PM EDT

September 11th is inspiring people to enjoy their lives to the fullest, and to help others.

Hundreds of volunteers joined the United Way of Broome County's "Day of Caring".

Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney shows us how they're turning a day of tragedy into a day of triumph.

"A day of giving back to the community, it's a spirit of people helping people." said "Day of Caring Co-Chair Anne Reyen.

The United Way of Broome County kicked off its "Day of Caring" at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

It was created in 2002 as a way to honor the victims and heroes of the World Trade Center attacks.

It has been held every September 11th since then.

"This is the time of year when everyone can contribute towards all the different non-for profit organizations that really need help." said "Day of Caring" Co-Chair Ken Spink.

13-hundred volunteers worked on service projects at different sites throughout Broome County.

BAE Systems employees brushed a fresh coat of paint on the walls of the Discovery Center in Binghamton.

"I'm from out of the area, so I just felt that it was a way to give back to a place that's really given me a career start." said BAE Systems Employee Anthony Olenik.

Outside the Discovery Center, the volunteers cleaned up the Story Garden that was vandalized last month.

"We're planting flowers and bulbs here and just rebuilding everything." said Coughlin & Gearhart LLP Employee Ruth Lantry.

Volunteers say the work lets them give back to the community and give new meaning to this day in history.

"Unfortunately it happened, but out of it came a lot of good and a lot of positive things." said Reyen.

"The more it grows the more we can get out and do, so I hope it continues every year." said Lantry.

The volunteers took part in 90 different projects at 50 various sites throughout Broome County.

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