In Weirton, W.Va., where the steel mill used to employ 14,000 but now has only about 1,000 workers, kids go to school in the cold with no socks. The only meal they eat all day is the free lunch at school. The town's residents sought to help with their first Make A Difference Day campaign, called Soup, Socks and Smiles: Warm Your Heart, Warm Your Sole.
Make A Difference Day Honorees
Holly Hilliard is about to graduate from the University of Arkansas with an industrial engineering degree and a commitment to volunteer service. Hilliard, 21, is the president of her school's Volunteer Action Center. And on the morning of Make A Difference Day she was struck by the impact she and her classmates were making on the community.
Mayor Tom Rowland of Cleveland, Tenn., is proud of his community and the way residents pull together. It was evident in the aftermath of a tornado in 2011, and it is evident every year on Make A Difference Day. “When there is a need, it is amazing how the people turn out,” Rowland says.
You might expect fraternity members to spend a Saturday morning tossing a ball, washing their cars or just hanging out. But on Make A Difference Day, Oct. 26, Jonathan Wickham, a human resources management major from Wooster, Ohio, and 40 of his Lambda Chi Alpha brothers spent time making blankets for the homeless and repairing toys for disabled kids.