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Sat Oct 25 12:30:47 EDT 2003
MOHAWK — Make A Difference Day is the national day of helping others, a
celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.
Created by USA Weekend, Make A Difference Day takes place on the fourth
Saturday of October. Millions have participated in the annual event since it got
its start, caring enough about their home community to volunteer on that day and
help accomplish thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.
Make a Difference Day can be used to give an extra push to an ongoing
volunteer activity or as an occasion to start volunteering by doing something as
small as cleaning up an elderly neighbor's lawn, organizing an effort to repair a
park, visiting lonely, institutionalized kids or joining someone else's
The next Make A Difference Day event is this Saturday and the Herkimer County
Humane Society is hoping that the young and old, individuals and groups alike
will help them carry out a project that not only helps others, but animals as
The shelter located on Route 5S in Mohawk is looking for volunteers to walk
dogs, groom, bath and brush the animals in its care and play with the cats this
Saturday from noon-4 p.m.
"If a person does not want to get directly involved with the animals there
are other things they can do like help wash the windows or do a load of
laundry," Humane Society Board of Trustees President Dottie Gaffey said. "We are
looking for people who are willing to lend a hand. Any help will be appreciated."
Staff and shelter volunteers will help with the activities.
"This is the fifth or six year that we have celebrated Make a Difference Day
at the shelter and we hoping everyone will come out and enjoy a nice fall
day," Gaffey said. "If for no other reason come out and visit with the animals.
They are always excited to have visitors."
An open house is planned as part of Saturday's activities to celebrate the
humane society's 90th anniversary. The open house will include refreshments and
entertainment for children such as pumpkin decorating and poster making. The
posters will be hung at the shelter.
Tours of the shelter will also be available for those who have not visited it
"We just wanted to provide some fun things for our volunteers to do after
they lend a hand," Gaffey said.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Gaffey said, and people are encouraged
to visit the Herkimer County Humane Society to see all the wonderful dogs and
cats that are available for adoption. Older animals in need of homes can be
fostered without a fee.
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