By: Judy Walters, Executive Director United Way of Gallia County www.unitedwaygallia.org
October 8, 2013
Make A Difference Day is an annual event, sponsored by USA Weekend and Points of Light, that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October. Every year, millions of people participate worldwide and help to improve lives of millions others through volunteerism. We’ve all had a renewed spirit of pride in America since September 11, 2001, and Make a Difference Day is a great time to show it each year. We can accomplish a lot if we all work together.
This would be a great time to begin a good habit, which will carry through the coming years. Of course, our real motive in designating one day to volunteer is the hope that people will enjoy the experience and want to volunteer regularly. Nearly all our local non-profit agencies need volunteers to help with administrative work, painting walls, building a wheelchair ramps, sorting clothing, organizing a food pantry, etc. Volunteering is always a positive experience, and you may find that making a difference for someone else makes a difference in your life, as well.
If you volunteer only one day a year, please make it this day. Join the action on Oct. 26, 2013, the 23rd annual Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service. On Make A Difference Day 2013, millions of volunteers will unite to improve the lives of others in their communities. Whether you want to help a local organization or organize a project of your own, you will be helping someone else in the patriotic spirit this day was founded upon. Your project doesn’t have to be something big. Just help an elderly neighbor clean up the yard or winterize their home, go grocery shopping for a shut-in, or do some painting or small carpentry job for a neighbor.
Local Boy Scouts and United Way are sponsoring a flag sale on the day. They will be offering outdoor flags for sale at cost and will collect any worn flags being replaced. At the end of the day, the Boy Scouts will perform a flag retirement ceremony for the old flags. This is a very meaningful and impressive ceremony. This is a good opportunity for local citizens to brighten up their exteriors and show their patriotic spirit. The flags are outdoor-quality perma-nylon fabric, 3x5’, with grommets for mounting.
The flags will be sold in the front of Central Supply on Court Street from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 26. Early orders will be accepted this week, and the flags will be delivered on Saturday, October 26. Worn flags which need to be disposed of will be collected at this time. The flag retirement ceremony will be conducted by Boy Scouts at the Gallipolis river front at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Judy Walters at 740-441-7408 or Terry McKinniss at 740-339-2165.