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NAS Pensacola's Ground Electronics Maintenance Division United Way Day of Caring
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- The guys from N-A-S Pensacola's Ground Electronics Maintenance Division were ready to go for United Way's Day of Caring last month. The government shutdown changed those plans. So when the group went back to work, they knew they had unfinished business.
"The community has been good to us so it's time to give back a little bit. And one day is not too much but it is something. And we really enjoy doing this," says Kelly Braswell.
The Day of Caring is something they've been doing for many years. The first year it was painting, and then...
"And then we started building..." says Braswell. "We built some arbors at some schools, we built child playhouses. We're really good at those. We can knock those out in a day."
But this year, a new opportunity. Take down an old, rotting porch and replace it with a new, screened in enclosure. Something much safer for 91 year old Judgie Davis.
"Oh, I think it's wonderful!" says Davis with a smile. "I'm so glad I don't know what to do. Thank God I'm still able to get around."
Today, there's no rank and file. It's just fun, but with a purpose. And a goal to finish her porch.
Betty McLeroy from the Council on Aging of West Florida says, "When you help other people, you get blessed, you really do. So it's wonderful that we can do it and we couldn't do it without these wonderful volunteers. Yay Navy!"
The moral of the story? You don't need an official "Day of Caring" to do good.