Thursday, October 25 2018
Did you know this Saturday, October 27th is National Make A Difference Day? On this holiday, millions of people across the nation volunteer time and resources to make a difference in their communities. There are so many things you can do to contribute to this holiday and help make a difference! Below are a few ideas to inspire you on how to spend this Saturday (or any other day) giving back to your community.
Organize a Clothing Drive
An easy and awesome way to make a difference and give back is to organize a local clothing drive. Advertise your clothing drive on local Facebook Groups, Craigslist, and in local businesses; tell your friends and family to spread the word and ask them for donations of old clothing they are no longer using. Emphasize coats, pants, and other winter garments in your advertising, because winter is fast approaching, and the homeless, and others in need, may not be able to afford winter clothes. Whether your drive is big or small, this effort will make a difference in people’s lives!
Beach or Park Cleanup
Another way to spend National Make A Difference Day is by organizing a beach or park cleanup. Gather your friends and family and head to your local beach or park! Make sure you bring plenty of trash bags, work gloves, and water to stay hydrated. You can make this a fun way of giving back to the community by challenging your friends to a competition—the person who gathers the most trash wins! To motivate kids, offer a small prize to the winner (like an ice cream cone or milkshake). You’d be surprised at how much trash you’ll find littering the parks, beaches, and streets of your community.
Animal Shelter Volunteer
If you have a soft spot for animals, volunteer your time at the local animal shelter. Bring some old blankets to donate to the animals (they love cozying up on them) and help with anything the shelter needs. You can spend time taking the dogs for walks and playing fetch—the dogs will be so happy to have a friend to play with. If you’re feeling extra charitable and have always dreamt of having a pet, consider adopting one of your furry friends from the shelter and giving him a permanent home!
Visit a Retirement Home
Visiting a local retirement home and hanging out with the residents is an excellent way to make a difference this Saturday. Many retirement home residents don’t have frequent visitors and would be overjoyed to have a visitor to talk to and hang out with. You could be the highlight of someone’s entire week or month, just by spending a few hours chatting about life and playing games with them. Bring the kids along too—children have a way of brightening a room! If you enjoy your time at the nursing home, consider making this a new routine; you could build real connections and bring happiness and companionship to those who no longer have close family or friends in their life.
Remember to include your kids in whatever you decide to do and use this holiday as a teaching moment. Open your Bi-Fold Patio Doors or Multi-Slide Patio Doors and gather on the patio—remind your children how much they have to be thankful for and ask them to help brainstorm ways to make a difference in your community!
Happy National Make A Difference Day!