year on the last Saturday in October, volunteers around the country
rally their time, resources and money for National Make A Difference
Day, a national day of helping others – a celebration of neighbors
trucker Patrick Davis and his wife, Barb, choose a different project
every year. They’ve even started their own private charitable foundation
called “2 Cheer U Up! Inc.” to help others throughout the year.
this year’s Make a Difference Day – Oct. 25, 2003 – the Davises’
organization has adopted the town of Stacy, NC, which was devastated
by Hurricane Isabel Sept. 18. The Davises are collecting donations
of food, clothing, building supplies, cleaning supplies and furniture
to help ease the burden for these folks.
the government agencies that should be helping these residents have
forgotten them, so it has fallen on the townspeople of Stacy to
try and dig out and rebuild their homes and community by themselves,”
Pat Davis said. “Our goal is to have at least two tractor-trailers
of supplies to deliver to Stacy, NC, by the end of October, or beginning
town’s 350 residents are having a tough time cleaning up the destruction
of the town’s residents are over the age of 55,” Davis said. “And
many are sick and living in homes that are dangerously close to
falling in around them.”
you can help by donating items, or transporting a load of supplies,
contact Pat or Barb Davis of 2 Cheer U Up at (740) 264-7566.
year, the Davises were awarded one of 10 state awards in Ohio for
their National Make a Difference Day Project – books and bears for
children in domestic abuse and homeless shelters. They gave away
more than 400 books and 400 teddy bears to 16 agencies in the Ohio
valley area. This past Christmas, they donated $3,000 in toys to
each of two sheriff’s departments in their area. Their foundation
also created the Keith Davis Memorial Scholarships for graduating
Jefferson County 4-H members, one boy and one girl each year.
A Difference Day is sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine and the nearly
600 newspapers that carry it. The 13th Make A Difference Day is
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003. For more information about Make a Difference
Day, call 1-800-416-3824, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit www.makeadifferenceday.com.
René Tankersley, feature editor
Tankersley can be reached at email@example.com.