WILL YOU JOIN THE OCTOBER 27 ACTION ?
Make A Difference Day is America's largest annual day of volunteering.
Saturday, October 27, 2012.
Millions of us will help our communities.
We will help our neighbor hood.
We will better our environment.
To me interacting with people in need is much more than a monetary donation.
You can feel their need. These are people who have been written off. You realize that sometimes the difference between somebody picking the right path in life vs the wrong path comes down to someone else cares, that you aren't in it alone. It can matter so much. And it can make your own problems at work, or home seem small and manageable.
Sometimes it's hard stepping outside yourself when you have so much on your shoulders.
You have to get the kids to school , pick them up. You have to cook dinner, You have bills to pay. You have stuff going on and your load is heavy. You might be trying to manage in a single parent home or even with the two of you both working it's hard. But you know what? Someone else's load is heavier. Someone needs you right now. And sometimes the way to lighten your load is to try to lighten someone else.
Sometimes it's as simple as asking an elderly neighbor if they need to go to the store. Or do they need you to pick up something for them. Maybe they can't manage their lawn. The older kids or the family can get together and fix it.
Maybe its a run down lot in the neighbor hood. You can gather a bunch of neighbors to clean it up.
The same goes for a local small neighborhood park. The cities are cutting back on keeping parks up, lack of funds. Take on a clean up park or play ground .
When you go out walking , take a plastic bag with you, pick up tossed fast food containers, cans. You would be surprised how much trash is in a mile radius of your home. I take one with me every morning. Here in Oregon we have a bottle law, each can or bottle is worth 5 cents . I some times make a dollar a day on my walk.
If you are a stay at home retired women maybe you have a over worked younger mothers on your block. Volunteer to sit for her , give her some time to get out by herself. They might like a volunteer Grandmother.
Give to the local food bank. If you bought just one extra can a month in a year you would have a dozen cans of food and you would not feel the cost of giving.
Don't forget the Dollar Stores. Great place to pick up bathroom tissue and cleaning supplies. Something that Food Stamps won't buy and everyone has to have. I always give these items to the food banks.
You can also donate to the missions and shelters directly.
Your time is valuable and so needed.
The Red Cross, where I give time is always looking for volunteers.
Meals on wheels can use help. Senior centers can use volunteers. Even retirement home sometimes can have people come in and do exercises, crafts.
Volunteer for the local hospital.
Don't forget our service men and women. I am volunteering to pack and wrap packages to send off for Xmas to ones serving in Afghanistan . We have men and women serving in far countries all over the world. A package with American products, some home made good is so approximated at Xmas. Some of the brave young people serving have no family so step in adopt a service person for the holidays. You an also open up your home for the holiday dinner to a person with no family. Sometimes we do this with the collage students living too far from their country to go home.
Right after Xmas is a good time to pick up Xmas decorations and wrapping paper for the next years donations. Our family does that, plus we pick up our toys to donate this year during the after Xmas sales . Through out the year if I see something on sale, I buy it, That way I am not putting out so much money at one time. I hardly miss it that way.
This are just a few of my ideas. I am sure you have some of your own. To get more ideas see below.
To get idea go to, makeadifferenceday.com .
Register your plans. Go to the site, makeadiffereceday.com.,an submit your plans for Oct. 27. Listing yourself there can help you recruit volunteers,get publicity and put your effort into the running for a $10,000 donation for your favorite charity .
Be social. "Like" Make A Difference Day on Facebook. Share your actions on You/Tube and follow on Twitter using the hashtag #MDDAY12.
On Make A Difference Day, October 27, I know you can find just one hour to reach out and help someone or do something that betters the planet we live on.
What you get back is immeasurable.
More important I hope you get hooked on community service that day. I'd love that one day a year to become once a month, or once a week. That would really make a difference.
Peace and Love