Make a Difference Day shows service, people helping people

Contributing writer


Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others and a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.

Everyone can participate. This is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

The participating Grambling groups selected what they wanted to do, what cause they wanted to help.

On Oct. 19, the proclamation was signed at ten o’clock in President Judson’s office. This is the fifteenth annual Make a Difference Day, and each year it gets bigger and better.

Young and old, individuals or groups, anyone can carry out a volunteer project that helps others. It might be as ambitious as collecting truckloads of clothes for the homeless, or as personal as spending an afternoon helping an elderly neighbor or relative.

Each year in April, hundreds of good deeds done on Make a Difference Day are selected for honors, headlines and charitable giving.

Some national groups that participate in Make a Difference Day are VISTA, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army and Delta Sigma Pi.

Make a Difference Day is a unique program that inspires and rewards volunteers. Everyone who helped others on Oct. 28 and sent in an entry form are eligible for an award and a cash donation to a charitable cause.

In addition, every award recipient will appear in USA WEEKEND Magazine. Make a Difference Day began with a simple idea: Put your own cares on hold one day to care for someone else.