EV community members donate time as part of national Make a Difference Day - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

EV community members donate time as part of national Make a Difference Day

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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 1:30 pm

Residents of Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert participated in numerous projects within the city and school districts last weekend as part of the annual Make a Difference Day.

According to a press release, more than 1,700 people in Mesa volunteered in 50 projects across the city on Oct. 26. The projects themselves varied from cleaning yards and painting houses to distributing fire information and cleaning up graffiti.

Volunteers in Chandler spent part of their Saturday morning Chandler Municipal Airport to work on a land beautification project, while volunteers in Gilbert collected gently used items like stuffed animals and books for Project Sleep Tight, which later donated them to homeless shelters to dispense to homeless children.

Almost 1,000 volunteers visited Higley Unified School District campuses to clean windows, doors, trash cans, sidewalks, play structures and other items, and assembled emergency kits for classrooms to use as well. Groups that participated included Boy Scouts and the Central Christian Church, the latter of which lent a hand at Chaparral Elementary School.

“We had no idea who would come out to help our school. This team was hardworking and well organized. They did a lot to help Chaparral in a short period of time,” said plant foreman Tony Benavidez in a press release.

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