Every 4th Saturday in October is National Make A Difference Day.   It is a day to do some community service and help other people or an organization.   The by day was created in 1992 by USA WEEKEND magazine and joined by Points of Light.

It is the largest national day of community service.  Many volunteers work to keep the day going.

A good deal of charitable or service organizations have started with Make A Difference Day and have grown to large nonprofits that make a difference every day.

We have businesses in our community that make a difference every day.  Organizations like the United Way organize the annual Day of Caring where hundreds of volunteers come today and tackle various projects in our community.   The United Way also organizes the Backpack program.  Many businesses collect money that is used to buy food for backpacks for kids to take home on weekends.  The backpack program happens every Friday during the school year.

We have groups like Furry Friends Rockin Rescue, Kitty City, and Central Dakota Humane Society who make a difference every day in the lives of many cats and dogs waiting for forever homes.

Lots of Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops tackle projects in the community on a regular basis.  It helps them learn a valuable lesson and helps our communities too.

Simple acts like picking up trash in parking lots, raking the lawn of an elderly neighbor, collecting non-perishable food items for our food pantries are all ways to make a difference.

I encourage you to make a difference on this National Make a Difference Day!

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