Spotlight on Make A Difference Day

On Saturday, October 19, hundreds of parents, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community came together for our annual Make a Difference Day! Co-chairs Caroline Gray and Emily Horowitz led the effort and flawlessly planned, coordinated, and set up the entire experience. The time they spent planning and developing the event paid off, the event raised just over $8,000 for the charities and causes supported. Students collected roughly 2,500 items for donation. Grace B. in seventh grade said, “It made me feel accomplished because we did something for others. We all came together as a community.” Here are some raw statistics:

195 students made a difference
$8,009 raised for charities by students
2,493 items collected for donation
819 items created for donation
50+ charities supported by students

Students represented 50 booths at the event. Some student-supported causes included Irvine Dog Shelter, CHOC Music Therapy, Pencils of Promise, Hands Together, and Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Students who participated have their Helping Hands prints placed on the wall in the HDS library. Continued service-learning opportunities enhance empathy and heighten leadership skills in our students. Seventh grader Mackenzie D. said, “I helped at two booths and it made me want to help more outside of this event. It also made me happy to be helping others.” Make a Difference Day isn’t about helping once a year, but a way to show students that volunteering is ongoing, a way of life. Not only did students have a transformative experience but the experience also impacted the adults. “Putting together Make a Difference Day with Emily was truly an amazing experience as our generous community ignited for causes they are passionate about. The students and families were all having fun while giving back with such kindness and generosity!” said co-chair Caroline Gray. Sharing our time and talents to help others is the best resource we can give!

See below for the complete list of charities and donations supported.

$Items Collected for DonationItems Collected /Donated
Lighthouse Ministry 100 bungee cords, 21 blue jeans, 37 backpacks, 204 socks, 375 Toys375 sack lunches, 98 Toiletry Kits
Friendship Shelter 30 sack lunches
Soles 4 Soles 204 shoes 
Human Options 53 Halloween Costumes, 25 Accessories 100 Toiletries 
5th Grade Boy Scouts, Camp Pendleton  150 paracord bracelets for troops
Student Council$850.13  
Boys and Girls Club Santa Ana$3750 jerseys, 20 pairs of shorts and shin guards, 30 pairs of shoes, and sports equipment 
Spark of Love From ABC7 & Socal Firefighters 100 New Toys 
Cat Nat$111  
African Wildlife Foundation$121  
A Million Thanks$225 35 Letters to Vets written
Miracle Babies$310  
Love 4 Rescues$1784 towels, 5 blankets, 1 dog bed, 2 dog crates 
The Ric O'Barry Dolphin Project$215  
World Wildlife Foundation$88  
Save the Manatees$300  
National Alopecia Foundation$46.50  
High Hopes Injury Program, West End Animal Shelter$206  
Ocean Conservancy$148  
Water for South Sudan$121  
Newport Beach Animal Shelter$159  
St Judes Childrens Hospital$151  
OC Humane Society  20 blankets, 30 chew toys
Thomas House$100List of 7 people willing to donate furniture20 cards made for kids
Miracles for Kids$150  
Forever Changed International$138150 Baseball Hats 
Fundacion Manos Amorosas (Bogata, Colombia) Loving Hands Foundation$995500 soda tabs 
Good 360 - Hurricane Diaster Relief, Bahamas$156  
Well Beings, Hope For Paws$519  
Laguna Beach Animal Shelter$75  
CHOC  30 surprise bags created
OC Books on the Run 400 childrens books an cookbooks 
Pencils of Promise$150  
OC Animal Care$154  
CHOC Music Therapy$247  
Pacific marine mammal center$30550 rolls of paper towels, 7 bottles of Clorox, 4 bottles of Comet 
Illumination Foundation$100  
Malala Fund$79  
Mountain Humane Society$225  
Polo Pony Rescue$115  
School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities$170 31 picture frames created
Heros Elementary School Soccer Program$40011 balls 
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Charity$115  
Hands Together 30 sets of school supplies 
OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center 31 dance costumes 
Sierra Club$141  
Mariners Church 25 pieces of sports equipment 
Irvine Dog Shelter$90  
NBPD Awareness 
Totals:$   8,009.382493 Items819 Items

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