The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 54
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 54

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1996
Page 54
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY •CABERS HELPING OTHEIS Rolling up her sleeves Busy singer Naomi Judd makes room for Make A Difference Day O NE SUNDAY MORNING, country music star Naomi Judd was sitting at her kitchen table reading a USA WEEKEND story about Make A Difference Day. Her reaction? "Hallelujah! What a cool idea. I'd really like to be involved." So when the magazine asked Judd to be a Make A Difference Day judge this year, the busy mother, grandmom, businesswoman and entertainer eagerly accepted. "My plate is so full," she says, "but if there is one more thing that I'm going to heap on it, this is it." And on Make A Difference Day this weekend, as hundreds of thousands of people nationwide roll up 'You don't have to be a celebrity to help' their sleeves to give blood, pick up trash, help the elderly and care for the homeless, Judd is doing her part: distributing food to the needy. With husband Larry, actress daughter Ashley and foster son Casey, 14, Judd was scheduled to help hand out 35,000 pounds of food at Feed the Children's new distribution site in southeast Nashville on Saturday, along with pop music's Michael English, country's Marty Stuart and 300 volunteers from the Nashville Entertainment Association. "This day is an eye-opener," Judd says. "If you feel trapped by your circumstances, one of the ways you can overcome it is to help somebody else." The six-time Grammy winner draws on her own experiences for inspiration: "I've been on welfare. I've had to stand in the food stamps line. I worried about keeping a jar of peanut butter on the table for my two children when I was a single mom. And you never forget it." Diagnosed in 1990 with a life-threatening liver disease now in remission, Judd is spokeswoman for the National Liver Foundation, has raised funds for women's shelters and the National Kidney Foundation, and works to educate people about mental health issues and the mind-spirit-body connection. "The most precious thing you can give somebody is time," Judd says. "Each of us has enormous personal power, and you don't have to be a celebrity to help others. I was doing this stuff when I was just a paycheck away from the street." ra By Carol Memmott Naomi Judd'e Very Personal W«h Naomi MM aire Wednesday, 9 p.m ET, pn The family Channel. She turn* the tables on talk- show hosts Jay Leno, Roste O'DonneU end Utrry King. M«to A Wffe«ac« Pay Is co-sponsof is Center* CaJI 1-50Q416-3824 (in P.C., 202-223-9186, ext 183). • ONUNE: Share details of your project online or network wfth other volunteers at our site on America Online. Keyword; USA WEEKEND. E-mail: 6 USA WEEKEND • Otl. 25-27, IW6

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