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Ohio University, community members can help Make a Difference

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University Center for Community Service is offering students and others the opportunity to participate in Make a Difference Day, the national day of service, Saturday, Oct. 25, through "LOVE LUGGAGE," which involves creating special luggage for foster care children. The luggage will be hand painted by Ohio University students and community members and will be filled with items that might ease the transition into foster care for the children. The luggage will be painted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Corner Room of Ohio University's Baker University Center.

Students and community members are encouraged to donate items that will fill the suitcases at Ohio University's Howard Hall Site (across from the Class Gateway) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at the College Gate on Saturday. Items needed are: suitcases, canvas bags, backpacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, brushes, combs, stuffed animals, crayons, markers, drawing tables/sketchbooks, coloring books and books.

Recognized nationally as a day of helping others, Make a Difference Day uses locally designed projects to mobilize volunteers to make a difference in their communities. Ohio has led the nation for the past two years in hosting a project in every county.

Students at Ohio University seem to be drawn to community service as illustrated by the approximately 4,000 students who contribute more than 205,000 hours of volunteer work in the area each year.

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Media Contact: Janeece Henes, Center for Community Service, 740-593-4007 or jh309403@ohio.edu

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