The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 28, 1997 · Page 57
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 57

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, September 28, 1997
Page 57
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY MAKEADIFFERiNCEMY 5130.000 in loc;il nwards You, too, are Invited to help others on this national day of doing good. No action is too big or too small to tackle. No one is too young or too ok) to join In. After you've done your good deed, send in an official entry form, available In the Oct. 1719 issue Of USA WEEKEND and other upcoming issues (it's also available by calling 1-800-416-3824). When you send In the entry form, you will be counted among an expected million volunteers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and many countries around the world. Entrants also will be eligible for recognition and charitable awards. • 10 national awards. Projects capturing the day's spirit receive $2,000 from USA WEEKEND for a local charity. Honorees participate in National Volunteer Week action In Washington, D.c. • 50 special awards. Projects receive $2,000 from Paul Newman and his food company, Newman's Own Inc. (which donates 100 percent of after-tax profits to charity). • Projects with continued excellence receive $2,000. • Hundreds of local honorees are recognized. Honored projects will be announced in April 1998. Each will be noted In the pages of 9 special Issue Of USA WEEKEND. Willie Nelson and Farm Aid harvest goodwill Concert fuels 4 million-pound food drive for the needy. F OR MANY PEOPLE, country music is a constant companion that shares the good times and soothes the bad. So it's no surprise that country music will be a part of this Make A Difference Day — the seventh annual national day of doing good sponsored by USA WEEKEND in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation, For Make A Difference Day, Farm Aid, a non-profit group that helps fanners, will join with USA Harvest, dedicated to feeding the nation's hungry, to change the lives of millions of people for the better. On Oct. 4,40,000 fans will fill Texas Stadium in Dallas to hear country and rock artists Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and others at Farm Aid '97. Fans are asked to bring canned goods to the concert. Simultaneously, thousands of volunteers in 50 USA Harvest chapters will do what they do best: gather food. "Our goal is to raise more than 4 million pounds of food" by Make A Difference Day, says Stan Curtis, founder of USA Harvest. For the past Farm Aid'? Willie Nelson and USA Harvest's Stan Curtis with members of California Certified Organic Farmers- Christine Cattln-Coke, left, Jeff Larkey and Jonathan Steinberg. three years, Curtis and Nelson, president of Farm Aid, have used the concert to raise money for fanners stricken by bad weather, and collect food for the nation's hungry. Past concerts have resulted in 277,000 pounds of food, or 500,000 meals. Three weeks later, on Make A Differ- ence Day, organizers will give the first proceeds from the Oct. 4 concert to needy farmers, and the remaining canned goods collected at the concert and from other chapters of USA Harvest will be donated to more than 5,300 agencies nationwide. C3 — Miranda Walker T HOUSANDS OF readers have chosen to address the needs of the nation's hungry on Oct. 25, Make A Difference Day. A few examples: • One-woman food drive. After being asked by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to participate in Make A Difference Day, Eve Longfellow of Helena, Mont., decided to collect and donate food and clothing to God's Love homeless shelter. "I grew up with 21 sisters and brothers," Longfellow says. "I knew what it was like to be poor, and I, too, wanted to help." At press time, she had 750 non-perishable food items and 7,500 articles of clothing. • Chuiehei united, In Lakewood, Colo., youth members of United Methodist Church, Rocky Mountain District, again will collect canned goods from neighbors and congregations. Last Make A Difference Day, the youths, ages 12-18, collected and donated three pickup trucks of food to food banks at Jefferson County Action Center and Denver Urban Ministries. • Uttto |lris do M| d««d». Just ask Poinciana Brownie Troop No. 434 in Key West, Fla. The J2-memher troop will rally classmates, family members and parents' coworkers to collect cans for St. Mary's Kitchen. With a goal of 1,000 cans, the troop also plans to sort and stock the shelves. For more information • USA Harvest, 1-800-8724366. • Farm Aid, 1-800-327-6243. • To find out how you, too, can be a part of Make A Difference Day, Oct. 25, see the Web site below or call 1-800-416-3824. As In the past, $130,000 will go to the charities of projects that capture the spirit of the day. AddyowplantotheMakiA Visit (click - on DIFFDAY) for a listing of projects. The DAYtaBANK Is hosted by ClvlcSource, the national resource for civic leadership. 18 U8A WEEKEND • Sept. 89-28,19B7

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