Sunday, April 18, 2010

Make A Difference Day Awards

Make a Difference Day was October 24. I blogged about it twice, once on October 19 and again on October 20. The awards were announced in the USA Weekend supplement to our local newspaper and I thought you might be interested in the top ten groups who each received an award and a $10,000 donation for charity.

1. Larimer County, Colorado saw 4450 people helping 75 organizations and 40000 residents by completing 150 projects countywide.

2. Lucas Metropulos, 17, or Boca Raton, Florida taught a fishing class to needy kids so that they could help feed themselves and their families. For Make a Difference Day he raised money to take 20 students fishing on the Atlantic.

3. Olga El Sehamy of Commack, New York, along with her husband, son, and a few volunteers prepared 50 chicken dinners, drove to the city, and gave the dinners to those in need.

4. A food drive in Frankfort, Kentucky brought in 123 tons of food for the food pantry.

5. Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit, and Lowe's joined together to fix up 35 homes across the country.

6. Members of Delta Sigma Pi, a collegiate business fraternity, took on more than 100 projects nationwide.

7. Faculty members and 500 students of Fairfield Community High School in Fairfield, Illinois raised money for playground equipment for a city park in honor of a beloved math teacher, Dana Hungerford, who had died a month before Make a Difference Day.

8. Pattie Belongie, along with 19 volunteers and 40 people who had been sentenced to community service, passed out Christmas stockings at four stores in Iron Mountain, Michigan. They asked shoppers to fill them and collected enough donations to send 400 stockings to service members and to provide gifts to 147 kids.

9. The high school youth group of St. Andrew Church in Colchester, Connecticut decided to collect shoes and supplies for Haiti. Word of their efforts spread, other students joined in, and by day's end they had collected 2000 items and $1900.

10. Georgia Fowler, of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, along with many family members collected items and assembled them into gift bags to give to caregivers across three counties.

If you're interested in participating this year, the 20th annual Make a Difference Day will be Saturday, October 23, 2010

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