On Sept. 20, 55 volunteers spent the day enhancing the accessibility of the Magical Moon Farm in Marshfield by completing and paving a pathway so that all the children suffering from cancer can enjoy the enchanted gardens and the many wonders.

The volunteer work was part of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s annual Service Day.

From Holyoke to Sandwich, Blue Cross volunteers helped improve access to healthy living programming and initiatives in 36 towns and communities by supporting service projects such as creating new outdoor play spaces for children to stay active, harvesting fresh produce to donate to local food pantries, and cleaning beaches and clearing trails to improve access to green space.

In addition to volunteer support, each Service Day nonprofit partner also received a $5,000 grant for materials to assist in their efforts. These grants, coupled with the 20,000 volunteer hours Blue Cross associates contributed, brings the total 2019 community contribution on Service Day upwards of $1.2 million.

Since Service Day’s inception in 2011, Blue Cross has made more than $8 million in community contributions on the annual volunteer day.

“We look forward to Service Day every year,” said Andrew Dreyfus, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts president and CEO. “Our associates demonstrate their commitment to our members every day but, Service Day provides an opportunity to partner with over 50 worthy not-for-profits to improve the health of all Massachusetts residents.”