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Day of Caring Raises Money For Local Homeless, Hungry
MIAMI VALLEY -- The last Sunday in February is the Day of Caring in the Miami Valley. The event aims to raise awareness and money for the homeless and hungry in local communities.
Free brunch was served to those in need, and brunch tickets were sold to those who could afford it.
"It's good food with great people for a great cause," said Day of Caring Trustee Steve Pax at the event site at Polk Grove Church in Vandalia.
Church volunteers flipped Bob Evans pancakes, sausage and omelets to show how much they care.
"The main idea of the Day of Caring is to raise awareness of the needs of the homeless and the needs of the hungry," Pax said. "To raise funds for the services providers, and also to increase volunteerism in our communities."
Day of Caring started in 1991 with 12 sites and raised $8,000. In 2014, the idea has caught on and grown to 37 sites.
This year, former Ohio State and Bengals fullback Pete Johnson joined the local volunteers to help raise money. He sold paraphernalia from his football days at Polk Grove Church and donated the proceeds to Day of Caring.
"Coach and my great-grandfather always said pay it forward," Johnson said. "Anything I can do to help that's what I do."
"Pete's always been a great help to lots of charitable causes," said Pax.
The Miami Valley has raised $650,000 because of Day of Caring in its 23 years of existence. The majority of the money goes to food banks and emergency housing coalitions.
"We couldn't do it without the great volunteers that we have and the great sponsorship that we have," Pax said.
"One of I think our biggest problems in our society is people forget about caring," Johnson continued.
Events this year have ended but for information on how to get involved in Day of Caring 2015 click here.
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