On Saturday, October 28th, over half of our chapters joined thousands of other volunteers across the nation in making an impact in their community on Arby’s/TEGNA/Points of Light Foundation Make a Difference Day. And in our case we had the added pleasure of celebrating Mary Virginia Merrick’s 151st birthday!
Our theme this year was “Make a Difference: Read to Me” and chapters responded with activities such as “Trunk or Treat”, “Warm Coats, Cool Books”, “Read and Treat”, “Miss Mary’s Book Party”, read-ins, book drives as well as layette packing, knitting and looming. For example:
- Washington DC and Pasadena held very successful Amazon virtual book drives, an idea that can certainly be adopted by all chapters.
- Toledo kicked off their literacy focus with their “Warm Coats, Cool Books” activity, demonstrating that literacy can be woven into many of our existing programs.
- Sarasota kicked off the snowbird season with a great “Miss Mary’s Book Party” complete with Halloween activities.
- Our provisional chapter, Monterey Bay, jumped with in with “Read and Treat” in the park proving that an activity can be simple but rewarding to both the member participants as well as the community.
NCCS stepped up our social media this year adding Twitter to Instagram and Facebook. We were so excited that some of our tweets were retweeted by MDDAY, thus reaching many new people and getting our national story out!
As evident in the wonderful pictures we received this year, Mary Virginia Merrick was certainly present in every child’s smile as well as each member’s hands and hearts. Thanks to all who participated. As simple as it sounds, you all made a real difference in your community!