It#039;s not too late to #039;Make a Difference#039;

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 10, 2003

Tribune editorial staff

Hubert H. Humphrey once said "The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor."

On Saturday, Oct. 25, people all over the country will have the opportunity to help a neighbor in need as

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Make a Difference Day comes around again.

This is the 13th year for the program,

sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine and its nearly 600 carrier newspapers, including The Ironton Tribune. In those years, thousands of people have worked together to improve the lives of others.

The projects can be as big or as small as those doing the work want them to be. Some projects are spearheaded by children, others by adults, some by groups, others by individuals. The point of the event is to just recognize a need in the community and do something about it.

We already have many good volunteers

in our communities. We encourage those volunteers to look at what they have already done and look at a way to expand those services for Make a Difference Day.

For those who have never volunteered, but would like to do so, Make a Difference Day is the perfect opportunity to get started.

In Lawrence County, many good things can be done. Low-income families struggle to make ends meet and often find themselves in need of food, supplies and winter coats. Some folks may need their home repaired, maybe because the homeowner is too ill or too elderly to do it themselves, or because the homeowners simply cannot afford to make the repairs themselves.

Chances are, several projects in Lawrence County have already been planned, such as Ironton Middle School planning to donate personal hygiene and clothing to Mended Reeds. In past years, Lawrence County residents have had several projects on Make a Difference Day, and we hope this year is no exception.

It is not too late to plan a project. We hope our readers will work with others to identify a need in their community and do something to address that need. For information on how to get ideas and how to submit information about a project, visit www.usaweekend.com

on the Web.