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Valdosta, Lowndes businesses participate in "Day of Caring"

Jack Looney Jack Looney
Travis Gibson Travis Gibson
Mike Eddington Mike Eddington

A group of Lowes employees headed up the stairs to the Red Cross office in Valdosta as fast as they could Friday morning in order to complete their first task.

The group was one of several groups from area businesses competing in United Way's Amazing Race themed "Day of Caring." The group, which has participated before, chose to make Christmas cards for deployed military personnel, one of three tasks they could choose, all of which highlighted a different aspect of the Red Cross.

"We've learned a lot about the organizations that the united way helps and it's fun," said one of the group members as he took a break from making a card.

Out in the parking lot, another group was learning about the abilities of the Red Cross's emergency response vehicle.

"These people are the people that's out there pounding the pavement raising donations through the United Way to fund organizations like us," explained Jack Looney, the Red Cross Office's Disaster Assistance Coordinator, while he waited for another group to come out to the parking lot. 

Continued Looney, "So, it's very important that they understand where that money's going."

Helping Habitat for Humanity build walls for an upcoming home is another task groups completed. 

"We're all really generous people and we just love trying to help people out, do what we can to help the community," said Travis Gibson, a member of the group from ClientTell, as he took a break from hammering nails.

Help Habitat for Humanity was glad to have. "It's tremendous. It's spreading the word," Habitat for Humanity Program Mike Eddington pointed out. "People see what it is that we do, people get to actually do something hands on."

That's what Friday was all about.

After the race, the United Way provided lunch for the participants at the Valdosta YMCA and the winning group received a trophy to keep until next year's event.

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