Make a Difference Day 2012
A National Day of Doing GOOD !
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012
The Community Relations Commission encourages you to help continue a community tradition by participating in Make a Difference Day. Known as the national day of volunteering and doing good, this is a chance for you to
give back to the community. Below are some activities and projects being planned by the Community Relations Commission, local organizations, students,
churches and other groups.
Care Packages for our Adopted Battalion
The Community Relations Commission will be sending care
packages to our adopted battalion (1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment of the First Division). In our ongoing efforts to support our troops, we will be collecting
the following to send as a token of our appreciation to our 834 soldiers:
- Uno cards
- iTunes gift cards ($10 and $15 denominations)
- Tic Tacs
- packages of Star Mints
- powdered individual drink packets
- packs of gum
- Beef Jerky (individually wrapped)
All of these items will be wrapped in a T-shirt from the
Community Relations Commission. Monetary donations and sponsorships will also be accepted and used to pay for shipping these care packages. Donation boxes
will be located at City Hall, Wheaton Public Library and the French Market. Please contact Desiray Young email@example.com or 630-653-7579 for further information or collections.
Stuff-a-Truck with Food
The Wheaton Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the People’s Resource Center is leading this effort to collect healthy, non-perishable food for those in need. Collection boxes will be placed at numerous locations in the
community during the month of October and at our table at the French Market on Saturdays through Oct. 27. The Stuff-a-Truck food collection will culminate
with a “Thanks Tons Festival” on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the IIT campus, 201 E. Loop Drive. Join our local businesses and your neighbors at
this special event and remember your food items to help stock PRC’s food pantry. Please visit www.wheatonchamber.com or contact Laurie Swanson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 630-260-7821,
for more information on how you can participate.
Keeping it Clean
On Saturday, Oct. 27, there will be an Adams Park
Clean-Up in the park from 9 a.m. to noon. Please contact Alan Grant at 630-653-1054 for more details.
Monster Mash Dash
On Saturday, October 27 from 8-9:30 a.m., Edison Middle
School will host its Monster Mash Dash. Donations of healthy, non-perishable food items will be accepted to help those in need. Walk the “Monster Lap” around the school grounds while enjoying some apple cider.
Let’s Kick Diabetes
This will take place from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Oct.
27, at Edison Middle School. A soccer skills contest for all elementary and middle school kids, fun soccer games for all participants, diabetes friendly bake sale and a DJ. Please visit www.kickingdiabetes.org or contact Shannon Moran at email@example.com or 630-292-5407. All proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.
Stockings for Soldiers
The Women’s Department Club of Wheaton will be making and stuffing stockings for Operation Support our Troops. Items needed are AA and AAA batteries, socks, playing cards, caffeinated gum, instant coffee, lemonade, hand wipes, tuna in foil packages (not cans), protein bars without chocolate, and sunscreen. The items can be left on the front porch at 1706 Childs Street
in Wheaton. Please contact Sylvia Kirkland at 630 653-1865 for more information.
Collections for our Troops
Wheaton Area Homeschoolers will be collecting items for
care packages and writing letters to the City of Wheaton’s Adopted Battalion.
Crayons for Kids
The Wheaton Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of
Chicago will be collecting boxes of 24 crayons to distribute to needy children served by the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. If you would like to donate to this cause, please drop off your donations in the box at RE/Max Suburban 1417 N. Main Street, Wheaton or at the front door of 914 Deerpath Court, Wheaton by Oct. 28. If you have any questions please call 630-668-9058 or visit www.wheatoninfantwelfare.org.
Kids Making a Difference
Various schools within our community are Making a Difference.
Edison Middle School: Monster Mash Dash, Stuff-a-Truck food drive, and Let’s Kick Diabetes
Jefferson Early Childhood Center: Collections for Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
Johnson Elementary: Care Packages for our adopted Battalion
Lowell Elementary :Care Packages for our adopted Battalion
Madison Elementary: Stuff-a-Truck food drive
Monroe Middle School: Visiting and playing games with a local nursing home & Stuff-a-Truck Food Drive
Sandburg Elementary: Stuff-a-Truck food drive and care packages for our adopted Battalion
Washington Elementary: Stuff-a-Truck food drive
Whittier Elementary: Stuff-a-Truck food drive and Letters of encouragement to our Troops and the elderly
Wiesbrook Elementary: Stuff-a-Truck food drive.
To find out how you can contribute to these efforts
please contact Desiray Young at 630-653-7579 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Start Your Own Project
You can join one of the activities listed above or start your
own project to give back in a way that is meaningful to you. If you opt to start your own activity, please send a brief description of your project or event to email@example.com so your efforts can be recognized along with all of the community's Make a Difference