Collections will make a difference Oct. 28

NILES — Every year for nearly a decade, Niles Community Services has held a community-wide food drive as its Make A Difference Day project.

And every year, the community responds generously to the cause, said director Jean Williams.

Make A Difference Day, sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, is a day when local volunteers give of themselves to improve their communities. This year’s event on Oct. 28 will mark its 15th anniversary.

Niles Community Services volunteers distribute paper bags to Niles, McDonald and Mineral Ridge residents in early October and residents are asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items for those less fortunate.

The bags are collected on Make A Difference Day and the items are sorted and distributed through the organization.

This project is just one example of how easy it is to get involved with Make A Difference Day, said Tribune Chronicle Community Events Coordinator Sue Shafer. She said while yard work and other labor intensive projects like cleanups and home renovations are always welcome, food, clothing and supply drives are a great way for everyone to get involved.

“Get creative. Collect diapers and baby items for the Bella Women’s Center, school supplies for the Beatitude House, bedding items for the Warren Family Mission, food for our troops overseas, toiletry items for a church food pantry. Whatever you choose to collect, someone can use it,” Shafer said.

Once an individual or organization chooses what they want to collect and chooses a recipient, Shafer can be contacted to register the project and get the word out so people can start gathering items and begin donating to the cause.

“Thousands of items have been donated over the past 14 years of Make A Difference Day. I am confident the community will step up again this year,” Shafer said.

The deadline to register a project is Oct. 13. Registrations form are available in the Tribune Chronicle or at the newspaper office, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren.

15th annual Make A Difference Day

• Oct. 28

• Register local project by Oct. 13;

• Registration forms can be found in the Tribune Chronicle or at the newspaper office, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren;

• For information: Sue Shafer, community events coordinator, 330-841-1696, or