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Valdosta prepares to make a difference

October 25, 2002

Valdosta - Jaime Gaston works at America's Second Harvest Food Bank, and on a daily basis, sees the need for food in South Georgia.

"Hunger is really an unseen problem around here," said Gaston. "A household may have food in the home, but not enough to make a meal for a whole family."

But tomorrow, Jaime and hundreds of other volunteers will help stamp out hunger in the nation's largest day of volunteering.

"It's national Make A Difference Day and we're going to have several different activities set up," said Gaston. "We'll have people inspecting food, donating food, serving food, and all sorts of things to stamp out hunger in this community."

Valdosta city officials will also participate in the day's activities, helping to keep the city looking its best.

"This year, our neighborhood cleanup will be focussed on Barber Park, and also the surrounding neighborhood in that area," said Mara Register, Valdosta Community Development Director. "We want to keep this area beautiful for our citizens.

But these volunteers can't do it alone. They need your help to make the difference.

"You can come out to the Food Lion Parking Lot, and if you haven't already signed up to help, we'll give you something to do," said Gaston.

"We're going to be at Barber Park on River Street starting at eight Saturday morning, and I encourage everyone to come out and help," said Register.

This is a perfect opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community, and truly make a difference for Lowndes County.

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