Saturday, October 23 was national Make A Difference Day. First Coast volunteers came out in force to engage in projects that impact major areas of community need. Some volunteers took to the beaches to do a clean up. Others rallied to the Teacher Supply Depot to prepare supplies for the upcoming giveaway that our teachers depend on. Several went to help at the animal clinic and Edward Waters College volunteers worked at City Rescue Mission to sort and prepare donations for the thrift store.
For HandsOn Jacksonville, Make A Difference Day has become our day to mobilize volunteers to stuff back sacks with books and toys to be given to challenged elementary school students as part of our program, A Visit From St. Nicholas in December. More than 100 volunteers turned out bright and early Saturday morning to fill back sacks with books and toys for more than 5,600 local children.
We believe that every child deserves to have books of their very own, and for some of the students receiving these gifts, these will be the first. HOJ gives a big shout out to all of the volunteers, corporate sponsors, funders and donors who make this event such a huge success!