|Posted by Jessica on October 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM|
For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.
This year Jessica decided to create a Make A Difference Day event to encourage young people to engage in a more hands on way in volunteerism. Today 60+ young people (and some less than young people) came together in two shifts to sort, tag, and bag bears for first responders.
This was such a fun event and we were so lucky to have some great sponsors and supporters. Chick-Fil-A provided a delicious lunch for all the volunteers as well as gift cards AND held a bear drive at the Carmel Mountain location. If you haven’t had a CFA chocolate chip cookie it is worth a special trip just to try. ClearBags.com provided all the bags for today’s event. Sprinkles Cupcakes donated the most delicious cupcakes on the planet and many community sponsors donated gift certificates as door prizes for the volunteers including Geppetto's Toy Store, Pei Wei Asian Bistro, Nature Box, and Brett’s BBQ.
Poway Unified School District, Dr. Collins, Michael Olander and Monterey Ridge PTA were all so supportive and instrumental in helping us by providing use of the multipurpose room at Monterey Ridge Elementary School.
Assemblymember Maienschein and Councilman Kersey came by to talk to donate bears and talk to the kids who were helping out and San Diego Police Chief Lansdowne came by as well. A few police officers even came by to talk to everyone and fill their cars with bags of bears.
The goal for this Make A Difference Day event was to create 500 bags of bears, one for every single police vehicle in San Diego. Thanks to the cooperative work of everyone involved not only was the goal achieved, but it was exceeded.
A special thank you to all the kids who volunteered from the Endeavour Academy, you guys ROCKED.
One day, 60 plus volunteers, 500 plus bags of bears and one great Make A Difference Day 2013
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