October 27th... not only is it my 32nd birthday, it's the 17th Annual Make a Difference Day! Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.
Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Millions have participated. In 2005, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.
If you've got even 10 minutes to spare this weekend, check out the Make a Difference Day website for lots more info and great ways you can Make a Difference!
On Saturday, I've recruited some neighbors (along with my husband and kids) to spend time at an assisted living facility near our home. In the morning, we'll be giving the women mini-makeovers and probably singing karaoke. In the afternoon, we'll be calling a game of Bingo! In addition, we're collecting unused eyeglasses and cell phones, empty ink cartridges and canned goods to donate to organizations that can put them to good use.
If you do volunteer, please post a comment to let me know... I'll consider that my birthday gift :-)