Make a Difference Day

Justin made a difference by working with Postcrossing to send postcards to Reagyn, a fifth grade student from London, Ohio. She has a stage three brain tumor, and she and her family recently had to move to Virginia so that she could receive radiation special treatments. Her teacher wanted to do something to make her feel special, so when Reagyn asked for help in collecting postcards from all over the world, the teacher recruited help from other Postcrossing collectors. (She is still accepting postcards, so check the link at the end of the blog if you would like to help.)


Today is Make a Difference Day, the Nation’s Largest Day of Service.

Thanks to USA WEEKEND, who came up with idea, people all across the United States are working together to help their neighbors in need.

If you’re interested in joining in, please visit the official Make a Difference Day website:

While you are there, be sure to check out the information about reporting the results of your project. Participants are eligible to receive $10,000 for a charitable donation. (Sorry, you don’t get to keep it.) It’s really easy to join in and to be counted among the many others who are making a difference October 23.

The folks at USA Weekend require their participants to actually be involved on October 23. My students, however, have so many activities filling their weekends that they have taken time this week to perform random acts of kindness, such as washing their teachers’ desks, helping their teachers transport items for our recent Homecoming Day activities and volunteering time to help their clubs raise money. Some of this money will be used for the Thanksgiving food drive and various Christmas projects.

Justin (pictured at the top of this blog) chose to send a postcard to a very sick child who requested to collect postcards from the world. He found her story, as told through her teacher, from Postcrossing. Postcrossing: The Postcard Crossing Project is a fun project year around and nationwide. Participants must first create an account and request and address and Postcard ID. They mail the postcard to that address. A postcard will then be mailed to them. Participants register their Postcard ID they received, and follow the same steps to receive more postcards.

Other people who have joined in the fun say it’s almost like Christmas when the postcards begin to arrive. The postcards both encourage and brighten the day of the receiver (and sender). Teachers can get on board and create a project for their students of all ages. An entire class can “travel the world” without stepping outside their classroom.

For more information, please visit this site:

Please consider making a difference in someone else’s life. Be sure to leave a comment so that you might encourage others to do the same.

Congratulations to all of you for making a difference in someone else’s life. You made a difference in mine by just commenting on my blog. Keep up the great work. I hope that someone will surprise you next week with something special that lifts your spirits.

Casey won a copy of the Max Lucado DVD, Christmas Child. Yes, believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. Make a Difference Day is a just sneak peek into the season of giving.

35 thoughts on “Make a Difference Day

  1. HI!:) My make a difference thing was helping a single parent. i absolutely feel the deepest remorse for her. She is doing her best, and honestly that is all I think anyone has to do. I will contintue to help her through her tough life. She has a hard life as it is but still is the best mother. If i had it my way, I would make it so there would never been another single parent. But I’m going to change the world, and if i have to, I’ll do it by helping one single parent at a time.

  2. Yeah, over the past few days, I’ve helped a few kids out with their math. They’re about 4 years behind me as far as courses are concerned and I’ve seen them lurking around a few times online, but I never bothered to look at what they were doing.

    What they were working on wasn’t too hard for me, but they’re in 8th and 9th grade, so that’s understandable. I came and went while they were working whenever I could and gave what assistance I could.

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    Where I assisted.

  3. For my Make a Difference Day I picked up trash around the park, and I baby sat my 3 little cousins for my aunt while she went to town. I turned down the money. Instead she bought me lunch. I love helping out with my family and just around town. When I babysat the 3 little kids, they were fine. They listened to me and everything. It wasn’t as bad as i thought. Then when their mom got home, they went crazy. I did two different things for Make a Difference Day. It felt good to help out.

  4. Today I woke intending on carrying out my good deed that could make a difference to another person. My neighbor is an elderly woman that has a hard time getting around to doing the normal tasks that come with the upkeep of a house. For this reason, I thought it would be nice to go over to her house to see if she had a load of trash that I could carry to the dumpster. The reason I chose this action was because I have noticed her struggling to load her garbage into her small car on numerous occasions. She smiled when I told her I was making a trip to the dumpster and that I would be happy to take her garbage as well. Today I did something good for someone else.

  5. For my Make a Difference Day, I donated books to the Inklings Club at school. The sponsor also requested the donation of children’s books. So I plan on donating several of those, also.

  6. Over fall break I finally decided to clean off my bookshelf. It was overflowing with books, and I could not fit any news on there. As much as I loved my books, I detached myself from eleven of them, and I donated them to the Inklings.

  7. Today I made a difference. My parents have been working alot of extra hours and haven’t had much time to relax. I overheard my dad say something about having to wash the cars. So while they were inside I hijacked their keys and washed both cars. I then vaccumed the insides.

  8. Today I woke up at 6:30 this morning, after going to bed about 1:30 a.m., and took the ACT. After that, I decided that instead of sleeping for the rest of the day, I would go to my uncle’s house. He has recently gone through a divorce and has been very stressed lately so I asked him if he wanted to have lunch with me. We went to eat Chinese food, and I made sure he was doing well. He said he was fine, but I could tell that I really brightened up his day. We haven’t seen each other in a while because I’ve been so busy with school. I know it doesn’t sound as good as what most people did today, but I could definitely tell that I made a difference in at least one person’s life. 🙂

  9. For me, my sport has played a huge role in my life, and I’ve been so blessed with help along the way. I chose to give back a little by using what I know how to do best and help a local little girl with softball. It may seem trivial, but I hope that somehow what little I did will make a difference.

  10. In my house we have four animals, two dogs and two cats, that all come inside on a regular basis. One of our dogs has more hair than any animal I’ve ever seen. Therefore he sheds a lot which means our floors accumulate with dirt and hair from, some being from all animals. Sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming have all become a daily task that my mom typically does. For make a difference day, I cleaned all the floors so my mom wouldn’t have to.

  11. My grandma would do anything for anyone. She gives but never takes. She is always happy regardless of her situation, and even the most simple things please her. I decided to give back to her by making a surprise visit, and I brought her some sweets for her never-ending sweet tooth. I think she really enjoyed my visit.

  12. Make a difference day is when someone should go out of their way to help others. My make a difference day was last Sunday when I unloaded wood off of a truck and stacked it against the wall in my grandpa’s sunroom. He was glad I unloaded the wood, and he jokingly said it was his birthday present since his birthday was the week before.

  13. I believe kindness is at its best when it is truly random and unexpected. A friend of mine needed a ride home after school and was going to have to wait a few hours to leave. I was busy that night, but I felt sorry for him and offered him a ride, which he graciously accepted. I might not have a difference that day, but I was glad I could help out. The feeling from randomly helping someone else is unlike anything a person could ever feel for helping himself.

  14. The volleyball tournament on Friday ended about 20 minutes after the final bell rang. I stayed untill it was over, and then proceeded to walk to my locker to retrieve my backpack. On my way back through the cafeteria I noticed members of Student Government moving table to one side of the cafeteria. I saw the opportunity to perform a random act of kindness, and took it. I walked up to one of the Student Government members, and asked if she needed help moving the tables. She was quite surprised by my offer and happily accepted. We moved the tables one by one and stacked them nicely to one side of the cafeteria. After we were done, she thanked me and I happily went home, knowing I had improved someone’s day.

  15. For Make A Difference Day, I helped Fellowship Of Christian Athletes go around the school during our Homecoming celebration to pass out free ice cream and candy to kids who may have not had the money to buy food from the booths. We invited them to attend out meetings on Friday mornings to possibly give them a chance to hear a little about Jesus and make a change in their lives. I hope I made someone’s day a little better!

  16. I made a difference this weekend. I helped my Cosmetology teacher by staying after school until 3:30 to clean up her room and make sure everything was ready for our homecoming day activities on friday. I did laundry, put away all the things the classes had left out, and got out everything we needed for Friday. I also helped another person by doing the dishes for her while I was a guest in her home over the weekend in Alabama. She was very tired from staying up late so she was laying down for a nap and I cleaned up the dishes and the kitchen so she wouldn’t have too. It made me feel like I did something nice for people and that’s a great feeling.

  17. My elderly neighbor owns a lot of pine trees. He is much too old to do yard work anymore and knowing what he was about to do, I saw him get a rake out of his shed. Immediately I jumped to aid him. For the whole rest of the evening I raked pine needles for him and spread them over his landscaping so no weeds would grow.

  18. On Thursday I had planned to spend sometime with my friends; however, when I got home I saw that my mom was not feeling well. Instead of going out, I stayed home with my mom and made sure she had everything she needed. My friends understood and my mom really appreciated my help!

  19. I played on free For every question answered correct, ten grains of rice are donated to end hunger over seas. I was able to donate 1120 grains every ten minutes.

  20. I went to my chemistry teacher and asked if he minded for me to clean his desk. He looked at me shocked. I began to explain I was instructed to partake in a random act of kindness. He happily said yes and handed me cleaner and rags. As I was cleaning the dirty desk, I began to realize how happy it made him for a student to come into his room after class and volunteer his or her time to help make his class a better environment. I instantly felt better about myself, for I had actually taken time out of my day to make my teacher happy. I realized how volunteering my time was I way to give to my community as well as myself. Before I knew it, I was enjoying cleaning the desks. I am proud I took place in this act, and I intend to make volunteering a part in my future.

  21. My grandmother owns several walnut trees that hover over her entire yard. Being and elderly widow, she is unable to perform these activities on her own. Consequently, my brother and I make her several visits to help out as much as possible. Last saturday we stopped by ready to pick up and dispose of all the randomly thrown walnuts so that my father could then mow her yard. I love the joy that spreads across my grandmother’s face when she see’s the love and gratitude that we have for her.

  22. For make a difference day, I decided to help one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Acklen, decorate her room for homecoming. Every year around homecoming time Mrs Acklen gets EXTREMELY stressed because she trys to beat FBLA by decorating her room the best, so to relieve her of some of the stress I decided to help her as much as I can.

  23. This past Thursday I babysat for a friend that has three sons. Her husband had been out of work for several months and just recently found a job. This was the first time that they had a date night in almost four months. The mother was so appreciative, and I felt so good knowing how much this date meant to them.

  24. For make a difference day I watched over an older man’s house, and I babysat his beloved dog. I thought that it would be nice to offer to watch over everything so he could to a conference to stay updated so he can make sure he his doing his job correctly.

  25. My gradmother lives on a farm. It’s very hard for her to keep it up alone. On Saturday, I helped her rake leaves and pick up sticks. Even though this was just a little project, it still helps her out a lot.

  26. Tuesday my grandma called me and asked what I was going to do that afternoon. I told her that I had planned on hanging out with some of my friends, but asked her if she needed anything. She said that she had wanted me to mow her yard, but since I already had plans, she said I could just do it another day. I decided to drop all of my plans and mowed her yard. I could tell that she was really excited when she saw me mowing.

  27. I helped with the lights for battle of the bands and i also helped film the show by working the camera in the light room. Two other people were filming up close while i was moving the camera in order to get a full view of the show. I also helped with the lights to set the mood for the band.

  28. In light of the recent suicides due to bullying, a day for everyone to wear purple was created in memory of those teens and as a step to taking a stand against bullying. I feel very strongly about this cause, so I decided to make purple bracelets to give to anyone who wanted to wear one on this day (10-20-10).

  29. For Make a Difference Day I donated books to the Inklings and donated items to the general store. I may be joining Inklings because people are very convincing. Hope I made a difference! (: lol Happy Make a Difference Day!

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