Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pitch In



By Diane Forrest,

I live in a small town, so our newspaper isn't very big, not a lot of news going on here...but like some folks say, no news is good news.  That's why I love waking up on Sunday morning to get the newspaper.  I know it is gonna be thick and full of all kinds on good information.  My favorite sections are the Lifestye, which has all the wedding and engagement stories, the Funnies, and the USA Weekend magazine.

In 1992 the magazine created the Make a Difference day.  I remember being so impressed with the people in these stories going out into their communities and doing thing for their neighbors.  Now it is an annual event that takes place every 4th Saturday in October.  Millions of people are involved by helping millions more people.

It takes the form of cleanup, fix up, painting, and repair in poorer neighborhoods, parks and municipal facilities. It doesn't matter what project you take on. It doesn't matter whether you help a non-profit organization, the community, your town, nursing home, a church, a food kitchen, or any other group in need. What matters is that you participate.


Today is Make a Difference Day, and while it is a specific day for helping your fellow man, you can make a difference any day, every day.

Here in the south we have had our fair share of natural disasters, from hurricanes, to tornados, Ice storms, and most recently flooding.   We have been so blessed with the outpouring of love and kindness and help from our fellow man.  People and groups from all over have come to our assistance on more than one occasion.  They have helped by cleaning and rebuilding, to provide shelter, food and clothing.

There is a time in everyone's life when they need a helping hand, so today, why don’t you put out your hands to help your fellow man.


For more information about how you can make a difference go to these sites:

http://www.usaweekend.com/article/99999999/MDDAY/90917001/Make-Difference-Day-Getting-started

http://www.handsonnetwork.org/

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