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Volunteers show that they care

Some Citrus County charitable agencies were spruced up Saturday morning by volunteers as part of a community service project.

The offices of Citrus United Basket, two offices of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County and the Hospice thrift store were either painted or landscaped through the efforts of about 80 volunteers. The project, known as the Day of Caring, was organized by Chuck Cooper, an electrician who works for Sumter Electric Co-Operative, an Inverness company.

Cooper said SECO performs Day of Caring activities in other counties, and he wanted to start one in Citrus.

"I called United Way here and volunteered to do it as part of their services," Cooper said. "This is the first time, but I believe we can make it an annual thing from now on."

The workers gathered Saturday for a quick breakfast and a prayer at the Boys and Girls Club of Inverness and then went on to work assignments in Crystal River and Inverness.

Many local agencies donated materials and workers for the campaign.

The work crews began early. At the Boys and Girls Club office in Inverness, a tree-cutting crew from Asplundh tree service quickly removed several pine trees and fed wood into a chipper. The fresh mulch was spread over the playground area of the club.

The Inverness Boys and Girls Club did not need exterior painting this year, Cooper said.

At the Citrus United Basket office in Inverness, a work crew painted the exterior of the food and clothes bank's old building on N Apopka.

The exteriors of the Hospice of Citrus County thrift store on State Road 44 W in Inverness and the Boys and Girls Club building in Crystal River also were painted. All of the charities are members of the Citrus County United Way.

The paint was donated by Florisun Paint of Inverness. Suntrust Banks and Publix supermarkets also contributed materials and volunteers.