United Way Hosts 'Day of Sharing' in Charlottesville
Volunteers line up at Pen Park in Charlottesville for United Way's Day of Sharing
Pencils, coffee, bookshelves and paper towels - none of these items seem to have much in common, but they are all on a wish list created by Charlottesville nonprofits.
Wednesday, the United Way hosted its first annual "Day of Sharing" - to continue its "Day of Caring" held back in September. The only difference was this time people donated items for nonprofits rather than donating time for volunteer projects.
Dozens of boxes filled with goods were lined up under the picnic pavilions at Pen Park in Charlottesville. More than 120 people and businesses signed up to donate to the nonprofits.
"Today we're collecting hundreds of items from beef jerky to thank you notes for soldiers, paper towels and books for kids, for nonprofits and public schools in the Charlottesville area," said Jessica Snyder, volunteer center director for United Way.
The 2013 class of Leadership Charlottesville put together the project, and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsored the project.
People weren't the only ones who benefited. Thanks to the donations, animals at the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA have plenty of bags of food and some new toys as well.