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Plan now to ‘Make A Difference’

May 28, 2014
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Andrea Adams is a woman filled with energy and always has a goal in mind. Employed by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Adams is also chairman of Community Initiative of Lehigh Acres and community coordinator for Make A Difference Day.

She gave a presentation last week at the Community Council of Lehigh Acres, pointing out the progress of the many volunteers who take part is Community Initiative projects such as cleaning different area of Lehigh where trash has gathered.

She said Lehigh is a much more attractive place than it was a few years ago and better than a year ago and in many neighborhoods, residents are keeping the area clean of rubbish, often thrown out of car windows.

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Andrea Adams

Adams is the vice chairman of the Community Council of Lehigh. She spoke about those who are beautifying their homes and yards.

One of the big projects she is involved in this year however is the Make A Difference Day.

"You should be planning now for Make A Difference Day," Adams says.

"On October 25, the Lehigh Acres community will be celebrating its third annual Make A Difference Day Celebration," Adams says.

The people of Lehigh will meet at Veterans Park at 55 Homestead Rd. from noon to 5 p.m. and enjoy a variety of activities such as information sharing areas, educational materials, food, music and festivities for all ages. She says each organization or volunteer leader will be showcasing their selfless efforts to give back to "this great community that we call home."

It's only four months off, but Adams wants you to mark your calendars now for the big event.

For two decades now, USA Weekend magazine and the Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service in the country. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.

And Lehigh will be right there with the best.

Adams listed some of the projects that our area will be dedicated to as follows.

"We'll have the Love the Children Drive to collect toiletries to distribute to the local youth homeless population in Lehigh Acres, those with no fixed home address," she said.

She also said Kiwanis members will sponsor an annual hayride and showcase their many contributions including scholarships, etc.

"And Lee County Parks and Recreation will host the annual costume contest with prizes, local youth organizations will host several car washes for canned goods and donations to help support Lehigh Acres Community Services' food pantry and cash assistance for those in need of rental money and electric payments.

She said East Lee County Regional Library and Friends of the Library along with local organizations will collect books for youths to host a book exchange which will allow local youths to receive books at the celebration event.

To donate, visit the library at 881 Gunnery Rd., in Lehigh.

Adams also said local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will display their activities and local business owners and residents will participate in a Business District Clean-up and Beautification to improve the visual state of the business area in Lehigh.

Community Watch coordinators will have a booth promoting the importance of community cleanups and the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce will display the importance of being "green."

She said social service providers will be on hand to distribute educational and self-sufficiency materials on a variety of subjects such as assistance for residents in need, food distribution, job readiness in effort to Lift Up Lehigh, medical treatment options for those with low incomes, basic medical screening, and a One Blood Mobile bus bill be on hand for blood bank donations that will stay in Lehigh.

Also, she said the American Red Cross and CERT will teach the public and youth how to prepare for a natural disaster and the Lee County Sheriff's Office's VOICE program will be doing children's fingerprinting for parents to keep in their children's ID kits as well as demonstrations from K-9, the Sheriff's Office's SWAT Team, bomb squad as well as information from Lehigh's Crime Prevention specialists who will inform residents about unique ways to protect yourself and your home from the criminal element.

You'll also learn how to form Neighborhood Watch Groups under the direction of Larry Gutridge.

"There will be many more participants as the date approaches so stay tuned and make sure you save the date," she said.

"There are so many projects that our celebration is going to be huge," she said with excitement.

Make A Difference Day for Lehigh is a community approach to making the greatest impact possible to assist with revitalizing the community on so many levels, according to Adams.

"If you are interested in participating on have a passion we haven't covered and can provide assistance, please don't wait a second longer to call 239-477-1485.

"This is our chance for change, to help and 'make a difference,'" Adams said.



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