• By Carmelita Coleman
  • Posted Monday, November 11, 2013

Make A Difference Day 2013

Saturday, October 26th Forsyth County's SAYSO (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) chapter held its 1st Annual Make a Difference Day Event!

Saturday, October 26, 2013 was national "Make A Difference Day", which is the nation's largest day of community service "giving back" in the United States. Locally, generous community friends, collaborating agencies, and caring citizens dropped off over 60 new and gently used duffle bags and suitcases. These donations added to approximately 50 items that were collected prior to the event. In all we collected 150 suitcases, duffle bags, and hygiene bags that will go to youth in foster care and help support those who are aging out of foster care.

Ms. Nancy Parker and Ms. Diane Gerow, pictured below, report they were so excited about the event that when Ms. Parker first received the flyer, immediate rummaging of the local Goodwill stores to purchase items that would support this cause began.

This event would not have been a success without the support of Ms. Claudette Weston, Ms. Lily Alexander-Executive Director (E.A.C.H Foundation), Ms. Romanda Gaston, Youth In Transition, Ms. Tamarian McIntyre, LINKS Program Coordinator, Ms. Evelyn Terry North Carolina House of Representatives, and other volunteers.

A very special THANK YOU to Winston Lake YMCA for being our host collection site, and Ms. Kerry Wiggins, Youth Achiever's Program Director of the Winston Lake YMCA, for all her hard work!

For more information regarding SAYSO (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) you may visit their website.

SAYSO, Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) is a statewide association of youth aged 14 to 24 who are or have been in the out-of-home care system that is based in North Carolina. This includes all types of substitute care, including foster care, group homes, and mental health placements.




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