The Citizens Against Domestic Violence shelter was buzzing with volunteers on Thursday morning. 38 volunteers from the Altria Group Distribution Company met in Camdenton for a district day of sharing. Volunteers planted plants, shoveled gravel, prepared land for sod, placed railroad ties for playground border and prepped the playground area.

The Citizens Against Domestic Violence shelter was buzzing with volunteers on Thursday morning. 38 volunteers from the Altria Group Distribution Company met in Camdenton for a district day of sharing. Volunteers planted plants, shoveled gravel, prepared land for sod, placed railroad ties for playground border and prepped the playground area.

Altria is based out of Richmond, Virginia, but the local district covers about 75 percent of Missouri including the lake area. Kristen Mesiti with Altria is assigned to the lake area, which is not new to her. Mesiti is from this area and when the idea of a district day of sharing came up, she thought that CADV would be a great cause for the company to support.

"We like what they do and how they give back to the community," Mesiti said. "We all have families and we all have children. We like that they are helping people by giving them a new direction to go in life."

Altria reached out to CADV and decided to bring volunteers to landscape the land around shelter and help CADV afford playground equipment for some of their smallest clients.

"When people think of domestic violence, most of the time people do not think of children. We wanted to give back to the children in the community to give them something to take their minds off of things whether it be at home or the situation they are in," Mesiti said.

As a part of the district day of sharing, Altria gives a grant to the organization chosen. CADV was eligible for an $8,000 grant to go toward the new playground equipment. Along with the grant, a private donation and a matching program, CADV was able to receive commercial playground equipment worth around $20,000.

"It just fills my heart. We have been blessed through this entire project," CADV Director Angie Fiene said about the volunteers and support from Altria. "These people want to help us. Their hearts are in the right place. It's just amazing."

Overseeing the 38 volunteers during their eight hours of volunteer time was Don Langley of Dig Earth Lawn Care. For Langley, CADV is special to him and his wife, a former CADV board member.

"It is near and dear to both of our hearts. We had the resources to do it. I like to give back to the community," Langley said.

Langley also drew up the plans for the landscaping.

"We are establishing planting areas, planting shrubs and low-maintenance plants," he said.

Altria volunteers came from all across the state including St. Louis, Joplin and Springfield.

"It's surreal. It's humbling," Kellie Walters, CADV Outreach Coordinator said of the volunteers. "There are really no words. We are really so grateful."

CADV has been in the new shelter since February and are already seeing the benefits of the new building.

"The ladies that are coming into this shelter versus the building we were in before, they are more motivated. They are just going out and getting jobs," Fiene said. "They take pride in the new building and they are really taking care of it. We are really lost for words right now about the change this building has made."