Cities around the nation will combine efforts to "make a difference" in their communities on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Fort Hays State University's Tigers in Service will provide several opportunities.
Tigers in Service, FHSU's volunteer-coordinating organization, will help to conduct Make a Difference Day with events such as
Holidays for Heroes, Hurricane Help for Schools and the Alzheimer's Association of the Great Plains Memory Walk.
Holidays for Heroes is a two-part event. One is a walk in honor of the 388th Medical Logistics Reserve Unit based out of Hays and, in the other, volunteers will pack boxes of holiday "goodies" for the troops overseas.
The 3.88-mile honor walk begins with registration at 9 a.m. and the race at 10 a.m. T-shirts and refreshments will be awarded to volunteers at registration. Volunteers are welcome at any time during the morning to help with the race and to pack boxes for troops. All Holidays for Heroes activities will take place at the former Lucky Bucks Bingo building, 4340 Vine Street.
Hurricane Help for Schools will help children affected by the recent hurricanes by collecting school supplies and sending them to registered nation-wide schools. Volunteers are needed from 11 to 3 p.m. to hand out school supply lists to customers at Wal-Mart entrances and to sort the supplies donated. The lists of school supplies include pencils, crayons, washable markers, glue, one- and two-inch binders, facial tissues, wet wipes, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, copy paper, pocket folders and backpacks.
Tigers in Service is giving FHSU students the opportunity to donate ahead of time with donation boxes located in the Memorial Union, Forsyth Library, Hays Public Library, McMindes Hall, Rarick Hall and the Dillon's store on Vine Street from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21.
The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of the Great Plains, aims to raise awareness and funds to continue the programs and services they offer. Volunteers are needed to raise money, recruit walkers and help with the overall administration of the event. The association will award prizes to volunteers who raise the most money. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Make a Difference Day, created by USA Weekend magazine, is held on the fourth Saturday of every October and encourages citizens to devote time to bettering their community.
For more information, contact Tigers in Service director Katie Stucky at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (785) 628-5537.