2010-04-15 / Local & State

Make A Difference Day May 1

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Simple Acts of Kindness, a local outreach program of Christian Social Service, is busy preparing for Fulton County Make a Difference Day to be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010. The day will consist of various volunteer projects by, and for, our neighbors in Fulton County. The main focus of Make a Difference Day is that anyone can get involved, from the very young to the very old.

Here is a list of the projects scheduled for Fulton County Make a Difference Day:

Simple yardwork/clean-up; senior entertainment(nursing home and senior apartments); senior visitation; “Lovin’ from the Oven (casseroles to seniors); military packages; Pamper Me project (hair and nails for seniors); Lions Park clean up; Hearts for Haiti (collection of needed items for Haiti); deliver flowerpots/tomato buckets to senior/shut-ins; newborn/ toddler kits for WIC program; sewing lap blankets for nursing home; lunch team (prepare and deliver lunches to volunteers); cookie club (deliver/send to local service agencies); nursery team (childcare day of event); community yard sale/clothing swap; blood drive and bone marrow drive; community carwash (proceeds to designated cause); advance team (prep work prior to event); building box gardens for Food Basket and senior apartments); and photography (pictures of various projects day of event).

Many local churches, businesses, and schools are already participating in these events. Mc- Connellsburg Elementary, Southern Fulton Elementary and Southern Fulton High School are collecting hygiene products, sneakers and flip-flops for Haiti. The following businesses have a drop box for Haiti collection items of hygiene products and canned food: Save-A-Lot, Community State Bank, Tower Bank (McConnellsburg and Needmore), Ott Brothers, JLG, Tri-State, Kimmel Insurance Agency, Dott Store and Fulton County Library. This collection is organized by the sisters of the Saint Stephen Catholic Church, who are working to fill a 40-foot sea crate with items to send to Haiti.

The Methodist Church in Mc- Connellsburg will be organizing the community clothing swap, where anyone is welcome to pick up and drop off yard sale items. This will be held in the large storage shed below the Methodist Church.

The Presbyterian Church will be hosting a blood drive and bone marrow donor drive. Please make time to donate blood and consider registering to be a bone marrow donor. Bone marrow registry is easy and involves a simple cheek swab and the completion of a medical history form.

Childcare will be provided for volunteers with children ages 5 and under at the Cito United Methodist Church.

How can you help?

Here are the areas where help is still needed:

Volunteer workers needed to help with minor construction projects, simple yardwork tasks, and building of box gardens;

Volunteers needed to help with military packages and sorting/ boxing of collected Haiti items;

Volunteers to help with hair and nail painting for senior apartment residents;

Volunteers to deliver casseroles, flowerpots, cookies and tomato buckets in Fulton County;

Volunteers needed to provide visitation to seniors/shut-ins in Fulton County;

Volunteers needed to help at blood and bone marrow donor drives;

Volunteer teens and adult supervisors to help with the carwash fundraiser and to disassemble JLG crates for lumber to be sent to Haiti;

Volunteer photographers needed to take pictures at various events throughout the day;

Help needed to collect / transport items, make posters, etc., prior to May 1; and

Provide much-needed financial support to Simple Acts of Kindness to help fund the cost of project supplies and lunches for our volunteers. Please make checks payable to: Christian Social Services, memo: Simple Acts of Kindness.

Donations can be mailed directly to: Simple Acts of Kindness, P. O. Box 462, McConnellsburg,

PA 17233.

Any and all contributions would be greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible!

There is much work to be planned, financed and completed for this event to be a success. We are asking our local businesses, churches and community members to support Fulton County Make a Difference Day. There are so many ways to help. Everyone working together can make a big difference, so please consider helping in some way. Contact DeAnn, 240-313-0984, or Sharon, 717-497- 4739, as soon as possible to discuss how you can help Make A Difference in the lives of our neighbors!

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