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October 21, 2005

Valdosta - National Make a Difference Day isn't until Saturday, but Valdosta city employees are getting a head start. "All the departments within the city are competing to see who can give the most blood today," said Mara Register, Community Development Director.

What better way to make a difference than to give the gift of life? "We don't give anywhere near the blood supply that we need in Georgia, just to supply the need we have here," said Register. "We're going to give at least 50 pints."

But their work doesn't end with the blood drive. Saturday, they'll lead a volunteer clean up effort in the neighborhoods between Oak and Gordon Streets. "We have about 350 homes in that area so the residents have already been working to clean in and around their houses and get it out on the curb, and we're picking it up," said Register.

Across town at America's Second Harvest Food Bank, more volunteers will be making a difference. "From 9:00 until 2:00 people can come out here and help us process salvage, clean cans and other food times that come in, clean the shelves, help with yard beautification," said Shannon Zapf.

It's help that the Food Bank desperately needs this time of year. "We're getting ready for the holidays, food drives are coming in, we're getting Thanksgiving boxes ready four our senior citizens," said Jennifer Glisson.

And with only 16 employees and a hand full of volunteers each week, they can't do it all by themselves. "We have over 750 volunteers already pre-registered and with one day to have that many people working towards the same goal of ending hunger in South Georgia, its an awesome time," said Glisson.

A time for you to get out and give back to your community.

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