Make a Difference Day

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For 24 years, people have been making a difference on the fourth Saturday in October. Started by the news magazine USA Today, this event marks the largest volunteer day in the year.

To discover projects in your area of town, go to www.makeadifferenceday.com and type your zip code. If you don’t find anything, read below about people who have made a difference on this day in the past.

Listed are some of the projects done in the past.

  • Jessica Carscadden, 11, of San Diego, rallied volunteers and oversaw donations of about 3,000 stuffed bears for police and firefighters to give to injured or frightened children on emergency calls.
  • Nick Katsoris, author of the Loukoumi series of children’s books, used Make a Difference Day to motivate more than 20,000 kids across the nation to take on projects from making rainbow loom bracelets for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to collecting canned goods for homeless shelters.
  • Playworks DC put out the call for volunteers to come help give the D.C. Center for Therapeutic Recreation a facelift. More than 60 people gathered on the cold fall morning and set to work refurbishing picnic tables, cleaning and organizing the library, working on landscaping and decorating recycling bins.

The main thing is to make a difference where you are. It doesn’t have to be an official project. In fact, you might not have enough time to organize and publicize it for this Saturday, but you can still do something.

Gather ideas of people who might need your help by reading The Wichita Eagle or contact a local volunteer center. To find one near you, go to www.1800volunteer.org and search serve.gov.

You can get organizational ideas and forms on www.makeadifferenceday.com.

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