TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Friday was a day of celebration for the United Way of North Mississippi.
The organization honored members of the community for helping to raise more than $2.4 million last year.
"It funnels through from us to the agencies to people throughout the entire seven-county area. It covers over 120,000 people that benefited from this last year," said Rick Willis, the 2013 United Way campaign chair.
Local food pantries, the Boys and Girls Clubs and a number of other agencies were able to benefit from the millions of dollars raised. But organizers say the event was a unique opportunity to roll up their sleeves and not just help financially.
"It's on a different level where you can plant flowers for them or paint a wall or build a cabinet," said Susie Morgan, the director of communications for the United Way.
Although some of the outdoor projects were rescheduled due to rain, volunteers didn't allow the weather to stop them from moving forward with the "Day of Caring."
"We have been wanting to take on a charity in Tupelo and help out, so we just called them up actually and volunteered and picked out which service we wanted to help," said Stephanie Browning, a volunteer and the general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites.
More than 20 teams signed up to volunteer for the event, and before leaving to serve, organizers challenged all those in attendance to "be the difference" in their community.