By David Madden

CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) –– Over 80 staffers from Cooper University Health Care fanned out across the city of Camden to take part in a day of service, giving back in a number of different ways.

They prepared meals for the poor, helped a school get ready for the new year and spruced up a community garden in the Cooper Plaza neighborhood.

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Nancy Street was among those pulling weeds and planting veggies. “It gives us an opportunity to contribute to the health and wellness of the citizens of Camden,” Street told KYW Newsradio.

(credit: David Madden)

(credit: David Madden)

Staffers also had a chance to bond outside the workplace. Community activist Sheila Roberts has run the garden for more than 5 years.

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“It makes it a more vibrant community because it shows that all people can come together for a common cause to make a difference,” she said.

Cooper staffer Lisandra Soto doesn’t just work in Camden. She lives there as well.

“Everyone always thinks Camden is a really bad neighborhood. But it’s not all bad,” Soto said. “There’s a lot of good things here in Camden.”

But events like this do more than just feed people or prepare for a new school term. They create a sense of togetherness that only comes with time and commitment.

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(credit: David Madden)

(credit: David Madden)