2Mt Difference TDayAwaras Continued fi-om page 13 seniors and tidied up the city's historic train depot Newspaper awards (Cape Girardeau) Southeast Missourian. 7,800 Girl Scouts of Otahki Council, funneling from 11 counties in southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois, each made and mailed 2 handmade cards; 1 for someone who has made a difference in their lives and 1 to someone for whom they hoped to make a difference, such as an ill child, lonely senior citizen or grieving neighbor. Columbia Daily Tribune. In theu- third year, 9,289 students from 15 public schools and sei-we groups such as T-NADO, a junior high drug- awareness peer-counseling force, and WRAD (Wildcats Resisting Alcohol and Dnigs) collected 15,682 pounds of food — 3 trucks full — and $2,264.50 in cash for the Community Harvest Food Pantry. That translates into 98,196 meals. Hannibal Courier-Post. Pediatrician Michael R-ench and bride Alisa, who live on the grounds of Norwood Golf Club, orchestrated a benefit golf tournament to raise $10,000 to help with medical expenses for Shay Wade, a 3-year-old irith leukemia. Shay was given a crown to wear and rode around in the "Hucklemobile" (a golf cart) with town mascot Huckleberry Bear, schmoozing with the 100 golfers. (Independence) Examiner. Breckenridge CARE, a group committed to improving rundown parts of this town of 400, led 50 volunteei's — young and old, including prisoners — in painting, scraping, boarding up buildings and hauling away ti-ash along Main Street. (Kennett) Daily Dunldin Democrat. 60 Campbell employees collected and recycled aluminum cans, raising $800 toward a new dishwasher for Campbell Nutrition Center, which sen'es as many as 150 needy people daily (Park Hills) Daily Journal. In Bismarck, 20 Play Land of Tomorrow volunteers hooked up with 20 others in a fall festival to raise $600 for a fund to repair and replace 50-yeai'-old playground equipment at Bismarck R5 Public School, attended by 500 kids in all gi-ades. (Poplar Bluff) Daily American Republic. For the second year. Maiden Senior Citizens Nutiition Center rounded up 15 volunteers — as young as 6 and as old as 92 — to do yai-dwork for 8 elderly or disabled neighbors. Sedalla Democrat. 126 members of the Odessa High School Chapter of FUture Business Leaders of America hosted a Halloween safety day for 32 kids. Each child got a glow stick, a sack of treats and a head full of safety rules. That night, FBLA members went trick-or-treating to collect 1,732 non-perishable items and $45 for a food pantiy. (Silceston) Standard-Democrat. For a sbcth year, the Sikeston Ai-ea Chamber of Commerce spurred citizens to make a difference: 320 hauled away 1,340 cubic yards of trash, plus mountains of concrete, dirt and plant waste, and did yard- work and made repaii-s to bi-ing dozens of houses up to city code. Springfield News-Leader. St. John's Health Center and the Council of Churches of the Ozarks instigated a communitywide drive for Hds' clothing, toiletries, toys and school supplies that filled 361 donated duffel bags for childi-en in foster care. $525 was donated for 200 more bags. Nebraska $2,000 state awards Lincoln. The way Diane Podolske sees it, kindness and giving are passed on from indi- \'idual to individual. That's why she decided to 16 USA WEEKEND-April 20-22,2001 base this year's University of Nebraska-Ameri- Corps Make A Difference Day project on random acts of kindness. Volunteers went into schools asking youngstei-s to lend a hand by doing something good for someone. Omalia. In a natiomride effort. Woodmen of the World/Omaha Woodmen Life Insurance Society chapters in 8 states enlisted young people to clean up their towns. In Omaha, 2,000 volunteei-s worked with Woodmen of the World, the United North Dakota $2,000 state awards Grand Forks. When Girl Scout Nicole Holcomb discovered the Grand Forks Community Violence Center was in financial dii-e straits, she rallied her ti-oop. No. 156 Pine to Prairie, to help. Drafting a plan, the Scouts solicited 150 volunteers to canvass the community with literature explaining the center's needs and hand out paper This hardy, handy crew — mobilized by the Maiden Senior Citizens Nutrition Center and ranging in age from 6 to 92 — spruced up the yard of a cancer patient who also celebrated her birthday on Oct. 28.They raked leaves and gave her a potted mum. Way of Midlands, Keep Omaha Beautiful, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Burger King to clean roadsides. This was the second time the Woodmen have organized a major cleanup effort for Make A Difference Day. In 1999, they had 700 volunteers. Newspaper awards Beatrice Daily Sun, 10 members of the Wilber Rotai-y grilled hambui-gers for 80 residents of the Wilber Cai'e Center and sen'ed the burgers with corn-and-macaroni casserole, Jell-0 salads and a choice of 3 cakes. Fremont Tribune. The Junior League of Omaha sponsored a "baby shower" for 75 pregnant women and new mothers ewolled in a child-nutiition program. In addition to receiving a gift bag containing a bib, a bottle, toiletries and brochures on health and parenting topics, the women played games to earn raffle tickets for a chance to win cai- seats, strollers, a crib with linens, child-care books and baby monitors. Lincoln Journal Star. The Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Association used a $500 Wal- Mart gi-ant and donations fi-om businesses to entertain physically or mentally challenged children at a Halloween pai-ty featuring a "cave" full of bats and spidei's, lots of ti-eats and perfonnances by clowns, doggers and a dance troupe of disabled childi'en. bags to be filled with donations. On Oct. 28, volunteers collected the bags and filled 50 boxes of baby-cai-e items, toiletries and food for the center. Hatton. 30 women in this close-knit farm community of 700 decided that none of their neighbors should go without a ti'aditional Thanksgiving meal. So the Praiiie Roses raised $600 in a rummage sale to create food baskets with the fixings for 18 complete dinners — turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, yams, cranberries, rolls, margarine, pumpkin pie, whipped topping and Jell-0. They were delivered to a food pantry in laundiy baskets and discreetly distributed to needy families. Newspaper awards Bismarck Tribune. James Killingbeck helped residents at St. Vincent's Care Center nursing home with their meals, participated in wheelchaii- dancing and transported residents to the music rooms and to chui'ch. Grand Forks Herald. Members of Four Leaf Fiiends 4-H Club assembled 60 ti-ansition kits for children who will be placed in foster cai-e. Each kit included a duffel bag, hygiene supplies, toys, clothes and a blanket. South Dakota $2,000 state awards Chester. 11-year-old Mary Kate Sei-shen loves recess, so it saddened her that another student couldn't join the fun — or get needed exercise — on hei- school's playground. For Make A Difference Day, Mai-y Kate organized a walk-a-thon to raise $2,000 to buy an exercise swing for wheelchair- bound Ashley Chick, a second-grader bom with spina bifida. On that misty, chilly day, 70 residents raised $4,500, double what was needed. The excess will go toward a special van for Ashley. Gettysburg. When a 7-bed hospital announced it could no longer provide nurses to ride along in ambulances as patients are transported to larger medical facilities, the General Federated Women's Club of Gettysburg wanted to ensure that the needs of the area's elderly and sick were met. Through theii- "Poor Man's Supper," they raised $3,000 to train the town's 8 emergency medical technicians in advanced life support. Now the EMTs are qualified to insert IVs and monitor patients on long hospital i-uns. Newspaper awards (Aberdeen) American News. 10 volunteers fi-om the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary hosted a taco dinner-Oct. 27 to raise money to fund a miniature golf course in Conde, a town of200. Oct. 28, the auxiliai-y handed over the dinner proceeds, $395, to the Conde Civic Development group. (Sioux Falls) Argus Leader. 60 Easter Seals volunteers in 5 communities across the state collected 366 pieces of used medical equipment, including lift chairs, wheelchairs, scooters and walkers, to refurbish for needy individuals, ca Collectible poster In honor of the 10th IVIake A Difference Day, artist Mary Engelbreit created a motivational poster. All profits from the poster — which features Engelbreit's alter-ego, Ann Estelle, surrounded by hammers, paintbrushes and other tools — m\\ support Make A Difference Day and First Book,a literacy program that gives disadvantaged children their own books. The poster is available for $12, plus $3.50 for shipping and handling.To order, visit makeadifferenceday.com, or call 1-800-333-6737 and give the operator the code "poster." Also at 12 Mary Engelbreit retail stores (for locations, visit maryengelbrelt.com).
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