October 29, 2018

Saturday, October 27th is National Make a Difference Day.

Every month, I try to pick a day and do a special project. October’s day is the 27th, and I’d like to invite you to join me this month in making a difference through a project. Before you think your calendar is too full or you’re too busy, let me tell you there are 3 levels, and the first one you can do in your daily routine.

1. Basic Level: I’d like to challenge you to identify people in your community that might need a coat. Maybe it’s a refugee who just came from a tropical country. Maybe it’s your grandchild’s classmate whose family’s income is below the poverty level. Maybe it’s the homeless veteran in your community. It may even be someone in your congregation.
Just opening our eyes to the problem as we run our errands is a huge step toward addressing a need.
2. Intermediate Level: If you’re already aware of the need and you’d like to step up your game, let me invite you to look for a coat or sweater that you’re not fond of, doesn’t fit well, or just isn’t worthy of your wardrobe any longer. Collect them in a box and take them to a local center.
If you’re not sure where to take them, click here for a very useful map where you can enter your zip code and how far you want to travel. It will generate a list of coat drives in the area. The criteria to appear on the map are listed here.
3. Advanced Level: If donating your unwanted coats and sweaters is already part of your annual routine, then let me invite you to take your impact one step further. How about asking your friends to donate their coats, too. It sounds really simple, but there’s something really neat about this.
Making a difference happens best when we work together. Your coat has now increased to a box of coats just because you invited your friends.
If this isn’t quite up your alley, then maybe you can consider getting your gals together and volunteering at a coat drive. As the cool weather approaches, this is a great way to not only help an organization in your local community, but it also helps those who need the coats you’re folding and sorting.
On October 27th, donate those coats and make a difference. If you do, I’d love to hear what you did!

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