ATLANTA -- Across Metro Atlanta on Saturday, hundreds of volunteers took part in the national "Make A Difference Day" 2012, bolstering the work of year-'round charities and non-profts that could not exist without the steady flow of volunteers who respond every day to that inner call to serve others.
11Alive and Hands On Atlanta and all those volunteers joined forces to assist in eleven projects in eleven communities in one day.
Volunteers "make an impact," one woman, Gretchen Wickliffe, told 11Alive News during one of Saturday's events, in Roswell. "You may not think you are [making an impact] at the time, but you definitely make an impact."
"It makes you feel really, really good," said another volunteer, a first-time volunteer, Angela Nater, "like you've done God's work."
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"It's going absolutely great," said one of the beneficiaries of all of the Saturday volunteer work, Steve Watson.
Watson works with an organizatin in Roswell called HomeStretch, which for two decades has beeing helping homeless families stay together, become self-supporting, and move into homes of their own. We "cure the problems that got them here in the first place," Watson said.
Watson was beaming at the sight of more than two dozen volunteers helping build a vegetable garden, in the shelter's yard, for the families. He realized that neither he nor the families could have done so much work so successfully and so quickly on their own.
Volunteers realize they can't solve all of the world's problems in one day. And yet --
"It's better to do for one what you wish you could do for all," said ond of the volunteers, John Deushane, the Vice President and General Manager of WXIA/WATL TV.
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