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Make a Difference Day coming up
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Footage of Saturday's Rivers Alive cleanup.

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of organizations, such as Keep Liberty County Beautiful.
Volunteer action is essential in accomplishing our mission. So for organizations like ours, the annual Make a Difference Day is a significant day.  
Whether you are an active volunteer or have never volunteered before, the upcoming Make a Difference Day is a perfect day to celebrate volunteering by taking action for our world.
Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of helping others. Created by USA WEEKEND magazine, Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. This year’s action day is Oct. 27.
Millions participate annually. Each year about three million people care enough about their communities to volunteer on that day and accomplish thousands of needed projects in thousands of communities.
Anyone can carry out a volunteer project that helps others — young or old, individuals, groups and families. Everyone can get involved.
A project could be collecting truckloads of clothing for the homeless or spending an afternoon helping an elderly neighbor or participating in a roadside cleanup in your community.
USA WEEKEND actually features volunteers and their projects in articles and photos. To participate, you can register on line on USA WEEKEND’s Web site. There are even awards for outstanding entries.
But don’t get lost in the process. Make a Difference Day is advertised as a “celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.” Isn’t that truly what all communities really need? What the world really needs is more of us caring and reaching out to make a difference for others and for our earth.  
A coworker asked me recently if I “make” my husband help out with Keep Liberty County Beautiful projects. She seemed rather surprised when I said, “of course!” I told her — and I believe this — he needs to be “encouraged” to make that extra effort at times for something beyond his own personal benefit. Don’t get me wrong, Lindsay is a really good guy in so many ways, but he has never been very oriented toward volunteering or activism.
I, on the other hand, have been too active in way too many things over the years. There is a happy medium somewhere between the two of us.  
I do believe it is good for all of us to step out and do something just for the good of doing it. Yes, it makes us a better person, but it is really more than that.
Volunteering helps all of us get a better perspective about the world around us. It helps us all remember that we really are not the center of the universe. Volunteering can help all of us remember there is always someone out there less fortunate than we are. It helps us remember there are bigger issues out there than what we are going to wear each day.
Modern generations need to take a page from the past when neighbors really did help neighbors. So whatever you do, consider doing something for the greater good. Sure, I am partial to folks volunteering with Keep Liberty County Beautiful, but there are many worthy organizations in Liberty County that need volunteers. So come on, neighbor, reach out and make a difference on Make a Difference Day and every day.

Key dates:
Oct. 27 (8:45 a.m.): Rivers Alive Cleanup in Long County. On-foot volunteers are needed to help with this cleanup.
For more information, contact me at 368-4888 or
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