Make a Difference day was started in 1990. It is a national day devoted to helping others by doing volunteer work in the community. It can be almost anything – just doing something to make a difference in the lives of others. Today, millions of Americans will participate in community improvement projects. Maybe by cleaning up, fixing up, painting, and making repairs in neighborhoods or in parks or non-profit organizations. 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 you participate.
This is a great way to get the kids involved in giving back to their community. Make it a family outing. The joy on the faces of others as you make a difference in their lives will make a difference in your own life too. My mission is to make a difference in the lives of others.
My vision is for a world where women are not judged on their circumstances but empowered to learn from them so they can have harmony in their life and make a difference in the lives of those around them.
I try to make a difference in the lives of others whether it is with a smile, a thank you, a card sent in the mail, or holding the door. I want to help organizations (and individuals) raise needed funds to pay a bill or for their kids activities or for holiday presents. I want to help them to share their SPARKLE with friends and family.
Today is the kickoff of my “CHEMO CARES TOTES” Campaign. Now through November 15th, I will be collecting sponsors ($25) for THERMAL totes filled and delivered to the Infusion Unit at Community Hospital for individuals going through treatment.
Cancer has touched my life with the loss of family members – my grandfather to lunch cancer, my Aunt Elsie to breast cancer and my Aunt Edythe to kidney cancer. I spent many hours in the Oncology Units with Elsie and Edythe as they underwent chemo treatments. I held their hand when they struggled with the insertion of the needles in their pic line. I was there when they were sick from the chemo and sat by their bedside when they were too weak to go out. As a friend said #cancersucks. It takes many from us long before their time. It ravages families. It leaves children parentless. It has parents burying children way to soon.
Recently due to my own health struggles, I have spent many hours in the infusion units of the local hospitals. I am blessed to only have to be there a short time – time for blood work and special testing. The many women I have seen are not there for a one time visit, they are there for weeks of painful treatments. They smile and carry on conversations while encouraging each other. My heart breaks and the tears come each time I leave the unit for I know what their struggles are like.
Don’t make it just one day a year to “make a difference”. Consider helping others on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. I know, the holidays are coming and you say there is no extra money. Volunteering your time is another way to make a difference. A small random act of kindness can make a difference too. Small gestures can make big changes.
What will your commitment be to help others today? M ake a difference on Make a Difference Day!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!