Jun 25, 2010 2:37 PM by Veronica White
United Way of Acadiana's annual "Day of Action" brought out more locals this year than ever before.
With families struggling amidst a tough economy and job losses, these volunteers try to make a difference in their lives.
A record number of people-more than 430-came out with their groups.
One of the Acadiana businesses is the Women's and Children's hospital, who turned an old cement walkway at Dorsey Park into a learning trail for local children to play educational and interactive games.
"The mission of our hospital is to make a difference in the lives of women and children and this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that," says volunteer Sharon Gates.
Volunteers and organizers alike believe more people help out now because they know times are tough.
"Many families are going to come to parks because funds are limited now, so if this trail makes a difference in the life of one child then this project is worth it," says volunteer Dedra Ashy.
United Way's Keler Williams say: "we see a different face to those in need today. We can relate a little bit more because they may be our neighbor or family member."