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Over 400 volunteers have spread through Batavia today to donate time and energy to better beatify the community.

Batavia’s Business Improvement District Director Beth Kemp organized her team with the task of eliciting more smiles downtown.

Kemp said “For our Day of Caring volunteers we recruited kind of a little out of the box to bring some creativity and some positivity into the downtown.  So you'll see some there's several hopscotches, outdoor games, there's all sorts of chalk art out here really just trying to bring smiles, spread some positive.”

The team of volunteers has been chalking up the sidewalk with positivity and plans to canvas as much terrain as time allows.

Just around the corner from the BID team and WBTA Studios Pier Cipalone works away on bike repairs at Adam Miller Toy and Bike.

He said “This is my fourth or fifth year I think that we've been doing this, at least that I've been a part of it.  ARC donates bikes, the police department donates bikes, Adam Miller donates bikes and we attempt to fix them up as best we can.”

Cipalone says they are hoping to fix around 20 bikes today that will be donated to the Salvation Army, the Arc of Genesee Orleans and five bikes are being set aside for a family with five children.

All in all the United Way estimates that there will be around $48,000 worth of labor donated by the end of the work day.

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