By Mark Shuller - Email
SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - For 20 years, USA WEEKEND and HandsOn Network have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Held annually on the fourth Saturday in October, Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.
Millions of Americans unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day. This year, residents of St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati, a residential facility for individuals with severe/profound disabilities, will also join in to help make a difference in the lives of others. While the children and adults who live here have many developmental limitations, they are bursting with personality and are capable, with assistance and the use of adaptive equipment, of performing tasks that they would not be able to complete independently.
This Saturday, October 23rd, residents and respite center guests will create decorated blank note cards to donate to Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, where pediatric patients are often separated from family and friends for extended periods of time. St. Joseph Home is arranged into six residential cottages and one short-term respite cottage. Each cottage will work with different materials and designs to decorate seven types of note cards.
After registering the event with the Make A Difference Day website, St. Joseph Home was chosen as one of 100 groups across the country to create a 90 second video documenting the project to post to the Make A Difference Day channel on YouTube. St. Joseph Home was awarded a Flip Video camera donated by Cisco for this project, and we will begin filming this week.
Often times St. Joseph Home residents are the recipients of generosity from the community, but through this national day of service, the talents and abilities of our special needs population will empower them to give back and help "make a difference."