Over 1 million Americans Expected To Take Action

“How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to change the world.” Those words were spoken by Anne Frank many years ago. Over 1 million Americans in thousands of communities across the country will be taking those words to heart by spending Saturday, Oct. 23, involved in volunteer projects to better their communities.

Make A Difference Day, conceived in 1992 by USA WEEKEND magazine in partnership with The Points of Light Foundation, has become a nationwide annual tradition. Groups of friends, family members, Girl and Boy Scouts, high school students, religious groups and senior citizens are currently organizing a wide variety of projects that will make a difference in their communities on the 4th Saturday of October.

Merrill’s 15th annual Make A Difference Day, sponsored by Merrill Forward Together Healthy Community Initiative and the Optimist Club, will begin with check-in at the Prairie River Middle School cafeteria from 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Volunteers from the Merrill area will roll up their sleeves and make Merrill a better place with projects from 9 a.m. until noon. A lunch for volunteers will follow at the middle school.

If you need help, know of someone who needs help, or would like to help, please send in a registration form by Wednesday, Oct. 13. Registration forms will be available soon and may be picked up at schools, banks, churches, or clipped from local newspapers. If you received help last year, a letter will be on its way to you soon with a postcard to return if you need help again this year.

For further information, contact Linda Becker at (715) 873-4564 or Meredith Prebeg at RTL Electric from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at (715) 536-7927. Registration is also available on site the day of the event, but registering in advance makes things much more efficient for all involved.

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