Members of the Howland High School Students Against Drunk Drivers were among more than 60 projects and hundreds of volunteers throughout Trumbull County who turned out for the annual Make A Difference Day held Oct. 23.
Since the event, Trumbull County is a little cleaner, a little warmer and a little happier thanks to the efforts of hundreds of residents who sewed, raked, repaired, collected and built in the name of volunteerism.
Howland SADD students worked at the Children's Rehabilitation Center on Howland Wilson Road raking leaves and painting structures as part of the volunteer effort. Following the work, volunteers were treated to a picnic lunch hosted by the Tribune Chronicle at the Warren Community Amphitheatre.
Howland SADD students worked to spruce up the grounds at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center as a Make A Difference Day project last month. Pictured painting a playhouse train, from left, are Hallie Oatridge and Katelyn Strabala, both sophomores at Howland High School.
Make A Difference Day, a national day of caring and volunteerism, celebrated 20 years of doing good. The event is sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine and the Points of Light Foundation, and is supported by Newman's Own, a food company founded by late actor Paul Newman. The event is held the fourth Saturday of October each year.
The Trumbull County event, sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, marked its eighth year with the event.
More than 55 projects were registered for various projects that included collections of food, clothing, toys and other items for Second Harvest Food Bank, the Warren Family Mission, Someplace Safe, church pantries and troops overseas.
Also popular were cleanups at area parks, along roadways and at social service organizations, as well as home improvement projects for various individuals and organizations. There also were crafty projects such as making blankets for babies, lap robes for veterans, cookies for senior citizens and candy-filled flower pots to cheer someone up.