United Way’s Day of Caring spreads love on Sept. 11

They came. They saw. They volunteered!

Scores of enthusiastic people descended on the Martin County Fairgrounds on September 11 to take part in United Way of Martin County’s (UWMC) Day of Caring and September 11 Remembrance Ceremony.

A spirited introduction by UWMC President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez and Board Chair Gene Zweben was followed by a stirring color guard presentation by South Fork High School ROTC, a moving address by Kevin Herndon, Deputy Fire Chief of Martin County and a soaring rendition of the National Anthem by Alannah Ghazal, realtor, The Dean's List Group of Keller Williams.

An oversized American flag flying from the extended ladder of a Martin County Fire Truck swirled over the Fairgrounds as the crowd observed moment of silence with first responders over the Martin County Fire Rescue Scanner. And although memories of 9/11 were in everyone’s thoughts, the workplace vibe was reminiscent of September 12, when people came together in peace, love and unity.

Over 200 corporate volunteers from organizations such as Publix, FPL, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, and Macy’s tackled five different projects:

  • Stress relief kits for first responders
  • Hurricane disaster kits for seniors
  • STEM kits for local students
  • Holiday greeting card for homebound seniors

Support team for volunteers working on the other projects: building boxes, etc. Day of Caring was sponsored by Macy’s, located in the Treasure Coast Square Mall, and Publix Super Markets. Starbucks provided refreshments for the event. To learn more about United Way of Martin County visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or facebook.com/UnitedWayMartin.