Saturday: Make a difference in the world by volunteering | News
Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Are you looking for something to do this weekend? How about something that will actually help others--perhaps even change the world?
Saturday is "Make a Difference Day" across the country, which was created by USA Weekend magazine. It's a one-day effort to get millions of Americans to give back.
Two girls from Tarpon Springs are proof you're never too young to make a difference.
Eleni Lambrianos and Sarah Tinsley are both 11 years old. They've been friends since they were three. They've decided to spend Make a Difference Day raising money for the Suncoast Animal League in Palm Harbor.
Eleni and Sarah will be holding a lemonade and cookie sale from 1 -5 p.m. on Saturday at "the White House" on Kreamer Bayou (497 Riverside Drive, Tarpon Springs.) All the money they make will go to the Suncoast Animal League. Last year they raised $300 and they hope to make even more this year.
The girls will be selling more than just cookies and lemonade. They're making scarves and bandanas--for dogs and their owners--and will also be selling doggie treats. They say there are a lot of things kids their age can do to help others.
"You can recycle to make your community cleaner," said Eleni Lambrianos. "You can take your pet to a nursing hom and make the people there feel better. Or just donate money to charities."
The Suncoast Animal League wouldn't be able to do the work it does without volunteers like Sarah and Eleni. Even youngsters are allowed to help out.
"Things like this become contagious," said Suncoast Animal League founder Rick Chaboudy. "Other kids will look at it and say, 'I didn't know I could do something like that.' So it actually builds and builds and builds."
Visit the Make a Difference Day website to look for volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood on Saturday.