October 22 “Make a Difference Day.” According to the Make a Difference Day website it’s “one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on Make A Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others.” The website helps you find a volunteer opportunity in your community or start a volunteer project that others can then find through the website. But if you are like me and spare time on a Saturday is hard to come by between sports, birthday parties and still trying to unpack from a PCS, even you can find the time To participate in Make a Difference Day.
Below is a list of 5 ways you can make a difference whether that is on October 22nd with a group of volunteers or on your own time, in your own way. While not all of these activities may qualify for an award through the Make a Difference organization, you can still feel good about your effort and set a good example for those around you.
Clean up the neighborhood park
This activity could qualify for an award with the Make a Difference day organization and you can register it on their website to enlist some help. But if you can’t do it on October 22nd it’s still a great way to make a difference in your community.
Make a difference in yourself
It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. As military spouses it’s often about the service member. Their job, their schedule. Pick up a personal development book. Start eating better, even if it’s just one meal a day. Investing in yourself helps you become a better version of you and can allow you to give more to your family and others.
Send a card to your old battle buddy
Between work schedules and kids’ schedules it’s been hard to connect with my battle buddy from Fort Campbell for a few months now. But I can pick up a card at Target and drop it in the mail to brighten her day.
Smile at everyone you meet
“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” This quote from P.S. I Love You is so true. Often we go about our day doing the same things and going to the same places. When you smile at a stranger it not only can brighten their day but it will help lift your spirits too.
I’m a huge fan of Pinterest and pinning things I will never make. But this is one that will happen. You create a fun basket of items and print out a card saying “You’ve been Boo’d” and leave it on a neighbor’s door step. It’s a fun way to connect with old and new neighbors and celebrate Halloween.
Military families are no strangers to volunteering or to making a difference in the lives of others. Even if you can only volunteer in a small way this year, don’t think that’s not important. Like the official Make a Difference Day website says, “One Day Can Make a Difference.”