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Saturday was Make a Difference Day
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Back row, from left: Coldwell Banker Holtzman agent Jimmy Shanken; USA MEDDAC Spc. Kelle Sayers; Brigitte Shanken, director of volunteer services at Winn Army Community Hospital; Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas; Lt. Col. Greg Sierra, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry battalion commander; Paul Spence, president of the Veterans Council of Liberty County; Maria Eggers, family readiness support assistant for 2/7; and Sara Swida, executive director of Keep Liberty County Beautiful; in front, Millie Wilson, Girl Scout coordinator and Vickie Wiginton, Army volunteer coordinator, pose for a photo after the National Make a Difference Day proclamation signing. - photo by Photo by Alena Parker.
Saturday became a "national day of doing good to strengthen volunteer services" when Mayor Jim Thomas signed a proclamation making Oct. 25 National Make a Difference Day in Hinesville.
"I think this is one of the most significant proclamations a city can make," Thomas said. "Simply because it's recognizing what people do — and what they do for the right reasons."
This year, Brigitte Shanken organized a donation drive for children at the Gabriel's House, a local foster care facility.
"Physically, we cannot go over there to hold a child — because their restrictions are too many," Shanken said. "Since we can't do hands-on projects, our thinking was 'let's see what we can do.' "
She is interested in setting up a monthly rotational sponsorship for local organizations to help meet the needs of the foster home.
"Make a difference Day is one day a year," Shanken said. "These children are there 365 days a year."
She encouraged the community to support this event and participate in helping the underprivileged.
"I would like to create an awareness to the community, for the community to know that this facility exists, right here in our own backyard," Shanken said.
To volunteer or help, call Shanken at 222-8279.
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