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Annual Day of Caring Brings Joy to Senior

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You may have noticed a number of people hard at work throughout the community today.

It's United Way's Annual Day of Caring and volunteers are taking on a record number of 30 projects.

One woman is thankful for several helping hands.

Stephanie Scheurer has the details.

Over 500 people get the best of both worlds Wednesday.

"Getting out and meeting other people while you're helping your community," says Todd Hamilton, Volunteer.

"It's important to come out and help a cause like this," says Kevin Dewald, Volunteer.

It's United Way's 14th Annual Day of Caring...a time when people get together to make a difference for others.

Stand-up: "Volunteers are busy helping out throughout the entire community, but in this home, the work that these people are doing is life changing for one special woman.

"It's just my home, it's where my heart is," says Sheryll Rutter.

Sheryll Rutter has lived in this apartment for 34 years.

But her heart has longed for some changes.

"We're giving her a fresh new paint job inside her home. You know, it's a difficult thing I think when you get to that age and you don't have anyone who can help you and here volunteers are taking time off of work and they're giving of their time and giving of their resources to be able to create this beautiful, safe, healthy, and beautiful home," says Jena Gullo, Executive Director at MSA United Way.

Sheryll has dealt with balance and sight issues for some time now.

And after years of giving... It's her time to receive.

"I feel that it's an answer to prayer and a lot of prayers and if I could jump up and down I certainly would. Because I am thrilled to death getting the help. There's no words to express how thrilled I am," says Rutter.

"It's just a small step to be able to help them, to be able to be independent and to be able to maintain in their homes and to be proud of where they live," says Gullo.

"I just praise the Lord for it. And I will never forget, never forget what they've done. It'll always be in my memories and my deepest chambers of my heart," says Sheryll Rutter.

In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

Sheryll says after her home is completely finished, she plans to adopt a kitten from the human society and name it after one of the Day of Caring volunteers.

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