Guest Post|National Make a Difference Day

The other day I found myself at a loss of what to write about in the upcoming week. I was tired from working my day job, came home to a house that definitely could use a little sprucing up, but knew I had personal commitments to my blog. I turned to the internet for a little inspiration: googled keywords I might normally use, topics I might normally discuss, etc… I googled the term “weird national holidays” and got the best list of odd holidays. I typically write about inspiring others to challenge themselves, and was immediately drawn to October 27th. Saturday, October 27th is National Make A Difference Day. This day is an annual community service event that is held on the fourth Saturday every October. 

What I have found thru reading about this event is that millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others. It is actually an unofficial holiday or observance that highlights community service and volunteering. Why am I just hearing about this?? This is completely what I live to write about and be inspired myself by. 

National Make A Difference Day was originally created in 1992 by USA Weekend when the paper suggested to its readers that since 1992 was a leap year people should take the extra day and use it to do something good for their communities or for those in need. The idea caught on like wildfire and has been celebrated ever since. Make a Difference Day has seen a great deal of support from various organizations throughout the years, and most recently has been transferred over to USA Today as its primarily sponsor and organizer. USA Today provides a central location for people to gather their information and report what they’re doing locally to Make a Difference. 

HOW TO OBSERVE 

How you choose to celebrate Make a Difference Day are only limited by you. If you find that you are willing to contribute to the celebration, you can start the ball rolling by alerting people on social media, by using #MakeADifferenceDay when you post to the upcoming opportunity to make a difference. 

There are so many ways to celebrate and contribute to make a difference. It does not have to be grand in nature. Any gesture made is a grand gesture. Here are 5 ways you can help the celebration: 

 Help to organize a food drive for your local Food Banks to help the hungry and the needy. Grab some of your neighbors, friends, family and talk to your local grocery stores. Maybe your children in school can collect canned or pantry goods. 
 You can volunteer with your local blood bank or at a free clinic to help sign people in. 
 Habitat for Humanity is always a good place to turn to for volunteers, especially for DIYers. It’s an opportunity to give back and also pick up some additional skills. Affordable housing is a need that never goes away but Habitat for Humanity (https://www.habitatbcgtp.org/) helps fill the need for families. 
 Stock Up and Distribute Smoke Detectors: A group in California will distribute smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to low-income families, seniors and disabled residents. Many people die every year just because they don’t have these devices or they don’t function properly. Find out how to make sure your smoke detector works and don’t forget to check your carbon monoxide detector, too. 
 Plan a Tree Planting Party: A group in Houston plans to plant more than 100 trees on Make A Difference Day. It’s a way to have a lasting impact on the community and give younger people something to remember later in life. 

There are hundreds of ways for you to change the world, or at least your corner of it. There are also dozens of organizations to contact who can help you get involved. Remember, your gesture doesn’t need to be grand to make a difference. The smallest of gestures are priceless to the person whose lives you have touched. Remember, It All Starts with You.

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Nancy Mulligan

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