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By Erin Smith

The United Way Day of Caring event has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 3. This will allow more people to take part in the event.

Barbara Knight, with United Way of Bladen County, said it is often difficult for people to take off from work on a Monday, so it was decided by the event’s organizers to reschedule the event to a Friday to allow more people to take part.

Knight said people can continue to drop off canned food for backpacks for students to the Elizabethtown Fire Department for the Day of Caring event now through Nov. 3.

Items needed for the backpacks include pop-top canned foods, instant grits or oatmeal, Pop Tarts, juice boxes, breakfast bars, etc.

Items needed for gift bags for senior adults include writing pads, pens, combs, and hygiene items.

Some of the projects planned for Day of Caring include the construction of at least 10 wheel chair ramps, providing gift bags for 500 residents in four Bladen County nursing homes, visiting and leading games at the nursing homes and packing weekend backpacks with food for Bladen County students.

Contributors of $100 or more will be recognized on a banner displayed at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market on Nov. 3.

Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown by 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 3.

For questions or to make a donation, contact the Day of Caring Coordinator for United Way of Bladen County at 910-879-9843 or call Barbara Knight at 910-876-1535.