The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 49
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 49

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 31, 1998
Page 49
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY $2.5 million available for volunteers next time If you help your community on the eighth annual Make A Difference Day - Saturday, Oct. 24,1998 - your charity could receive a donation of as much as $10,000. Here's how: • Wal-Mart, the day's retail supporter, has authorized its 2,348 stores to distribute $1,000 each to local charities taking part in Make A Difference Day. These grants will be available Aug. 10 from your local Wal-Mart manager. • Paul Newman supports Make A Difference Day for the fifth year, and 10 outstanding volunteer efforts will receive $10,000 each from Newman, who donates to charity all after-tax profits from his food company, Newman's Own. • In every state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, two volunteer efforts will receive $2,000 each from Wal-Mart. • In addition, the Gannett Foundation makes donations to a "hall of fame" of past national honorees. Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND in partnership with The Points of Light Foundation. Complete information All honorees from the seventh annual Make A Difference Day and more information about the next event, on Saturday, Oct. 24,1998 - are listed at Thanks for making a difference 10 Make A Difference Day projects receive national awards from Tipper Gore and Miss America during National Volunteer Week. "Make A Difference Day sets a new standard of volunteering" Gore says. A QUARTET OF eighth-grade girls, a paperboy and a young leukemia patient were among those honored by Tipper Gore and Miss America for volunteering to help others in their communities on USA WEEKEND'S Make A Difference Day. The young people helped the homeless, soothed the ill and clothed the needy. They and 1.3 million other people simultaneously turned out on the seventh annual Make A Difference Day, Oct. 25, to create the largest participation ever in the nation's most significant day of volunteering. Each of the young volunteers received a national Make A Difference Day Award of $2,000 that will help them continue their good deeds. The awards were presented at an April 23 ceremony in Arlington, Va., with keynote speaker Mrs. Gore, wife of the vice president. Miss America Kate Shindle helped present the awards and noted that half the day's honorees were young people. "By showing that they can take leadership roles of their own initiative," she said, "they are setting such a positive example for other young people who are still searching for their direction." The 10 national awards went to leukemia patient Mindy Elvey of Altoona, Pa.; elementary pupils in Laredo, Texas; paper carrier Adam Chesnut of Toronto, Ohio; young residents of New York City public housing; four eighth-graders from Blissfield, Mich.; 6,000 residents around Albany, Ga.; 1,000 students, parents and teachers from around Camp Lejeune, N.C.; police and residents of Bakersfield, Calif.; co-workers at The Money Store in Sacramento, Calif.; and the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs. — Michele Hatty Update: The local honoree for Hernando (Fla.) Today newspaper was not listed in the April 17-19 awards issue of USA WEEKEND: 33 children from Hillside Estates public housing shopped at Kmart with the Junior Service League, using points they earned at a literacy program. C3 A DIFFERENCE DAY Tipper Gore greets Christ! Stoker, left, of Blissfield, Mich., and Mahalganie Wilson of Toledo, Ohio. Christi and friends helped Mahalganie and her mom, who were homeless, settle into an apartment. Paperboy Adam Chesnut, 14, met Miss America Kate Shindle at the Make A Difference Day Awards. Adam collected clothing for the needy from his paper route in Toronto, Ohio. USA WEEKEND • May 2B-31,19B8 9

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