By Shelley Ridenour
Nearby News staff writer
Members of Royal Neighbors Chapter 20075, based in Mesa, collected personal-care supplies and assembled them into “baskets of hope” as part of the nationwide Make a Difference Day on Oct. 22.
The baskets have been donated to A New Leaf, a Mesa-based nonprofit organization, which provides support services to people in crisis.
Throughout Mesa, more than 2,500 volunteers, the majority of them Boy Scouts, participated in projects for Make a Difference Day.
Residents, neighborhood groups, local businesses, service organizations, church groups and Mesa employees volunteered.
Walls and homes were painted, neighborhood resource bags were distributed, house numbers were painted on curbs, trash was picked up and yard work was done for people who needed help.
Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council-Mesa District made the day part of their service projects by distributing recycling information and helping Mesa Public Schools.
National Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world.
For more information on opportunities to volunteer throughout the year please visit www.mesaaz.gov/Volunteer.