‘Wishes Granted’ for Make a Difference Day

The City of Rockford and the Volunteer Center of the United Way announce plans for an exciting project allowing everyone to get actively involved in “Make a Difference Day.”

Make a Difference Day on Oct. 23 is a national day of helping others created by USA Weekend magazine. Make a Difference Day is an annual event held each year on the fourth Saturday of October.

Organizers of the project have compiled a list of items needed by nearly 30 local agencies. This wish list will be posted on the City of Rockford Web site at www.ci.rockford.il.us and will also be available by e-mail or fax.

Participants are being urged to deliver any of the items listed directly to the agencies involved during the week of Oct. 18-22. On Saturday, Oct. 23, a drop-off site will also be open in the Rockford City Hall parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Not only are we trying to help those who benefit from the services provided daily, but we are also hoping to bring a greater awareness of all the wonderful agencies that provide services in our community,” said Tracy Gresty, Community Programs coordinator for the City of Rockford.

Donated items can be either newly purchased or used. “This is a great opportunity for people to clean out those closets, cupboards and toy boxes,” Gresty added.

For more information: Tracy Gresty, City of Rockford, 987-5593; tracy.gresty@ci.rockford.il.us or Karen Johnson, Volunteer Center of United Way, 965-4357; Karen@unitedway.org. For more information about Make a Difference Day: www.usaweekend.com/diffday

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