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National 211 Day

February 11, 2014, 7:15 AM by Stephanie Gregory

National 211 Day
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

From giving blood, to making lunches, even helping after the April Ice Storm, someone always needs a little extra help and the Helpline Center provides that service.

"We want to remind people that it is there to help them no matter what challenge they are facing in their life," Volunteer Services Director Sara Carothers said.

People in KELOLAND are always looking for ways to help. The Helpline Center provides those opportunities.

"I like to volunteer. It gets me out in the community. It makes me feel good that I'm helping out in a way that is contributing to my community and helping people," volunteer Stephanie Perry said.

Perry started volunteering years ago and stuck with it ever since.

"I starting volunteering, like a lot of people do when they have children at home and you help with school activities and you help with their activities and you get very involved. And my children are now out of the house and so I've just continued the volunteering," Perry said.

Perry, along with her employer, use the Helpline Center to find opportunities to lend a hand across the community.

"The Helpline Center and 211, they keep a database of all this information, so if you call and say you want to something with children or with the elderly or with animals. They will be able to help you," Perry said.

Tuesday is National 211 Day. To celebrate the day, 211 volunteers will head to the Helpline Center and pay it forward throughout the day by painting a mural and making Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly.

If you would like to volunteer or if you need some extra help, all you have to do is call 211.

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