ATLANTA -- As thousands of Metro Atlanta volunteers prepare for Make a Difference Day Saturday (October 25), thousands of others are already hard at work. The only difference is that they range from toddlers to teenagers.
They are part of community volunteer program that ranges from helping the homeless to spending quality time with our aging population.
But these volunteers are youngsters. Do they make a difference? Yes.
They are known as Pebble Tossers, changing our communities a ripple at a time. Today, its greeting cards and gift packs for the homeless.
Lila Parker is just 9 years old.
"It makes me think I am blessed to have a home to live in. When they see this card, it probably makes them think about joy and happy things," she said.
Its a feeling shared by Sophie Mann, age 7.
"I am making a bag for the homeless people. It makes me feel nice because I am helping people," she said.
Making a difference can start with Pebble Tossers as early as 2 years old and go up to 18. Right now 15,000 families and children are involved in the program.
The goal is to motivate youngsters toward thinking of they can do for others. It's what gave Pebble Tossers founder Jen Guynn the idea to start the innovative program in 2008.
"Kids have something they can give. They can make a difference. For them to learn at an early age the difference they can make based on their own interests, things they like to do, is just so impactful," she said.
It's an impact that will make a difference for the rest of their lives.