By DAN POMPILI
Some have already begun submitting projects for Make A Difference Day. For others, there's still plenty of time.
Make A Difference Day is a national day of volunteerism held the fourth Saturday in October and sponsored locally by the Tribune Chronicle and nationally by USA Weekend Magazine.
The Tribune wants this year to reflect the grandeur of a 10-year anniversary, and hopes to see even more projects than last year's record-breaking effort of more than 70.
Here are some of the projects already submitted. Maybe one of them will inspire a new idea or just inspire someone to help make them a success by volunteering time:
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Visit tribtoday.com and click on the Make A Difference Day link to register a project, see what projects are available, seek volunteers, volunteer yourself and print out forms, including the Cornhole Tournament registration form.
The members of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary 11 have been working all year to make lap robes for veterans in local nursing homes. On Make A Difference Day, they will deliver the robes just in time to keep vets from catching any late autumn chills.
And of course it wouldn't be Make A Difference Day without the efforts of Linda Fabrizio and the ladies at Blankets of Love. This year, they'll be accepting donated blankets to give to ill children at local hospitals. They're also collecting new stuffed animals to pass out, and they'll be making bibs to give to the local nursing homes that they will deliver that day. People can help out by volunteering or making monetary donations to their batting fund.
Another returning project is the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley's annual food drive. Donations can be made at CVS stores in Mahoning and Trumbull counties from Oct. 1 to 26.
In 2003, the first year projects were coordinated by the Tribune Chronicle, USA Weekend Magazine honored Trumbull County Make A Difference Day with a $10,000 award for being one of the 10 best projects in the United States that year.
In 2004, Make A Difference Day Ohio chose the event as one of the 10 best projects in the state. The Associated Press honored the Tribune Chronicle for Make A Difference Day in 2005 as the best community service project by a newspaper. Then in 2006, Trumbull County Make A Difference Day was named the national Encore Award winner by USA Weekend and received another $10,000 award.
The Tribune Chronicle cannot qualify for any more national awards, but individuals can.
Visit www.tribtoday.com and click on the Make A Difference Day link to register a project, see what projects are available, seek volunteers, volunteer yourself and print out forms, including the Cornhole Tournament registration form.
And don't forget about the picnic at the Warren Community Amphitheatre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tribune Business Manager Larry Kovach will man the grill like always, serving hot dogs and hamburgers along with side dishes to keep people's energy up while they help make a better Trumbull County.