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UPDATE: Sixth annual Make A Difference Day canceled

Event to feature activities, fun for community

October 27, 2017
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen


The annual Lehigh Acres Make A Difference Day on Oct. 28 at Veterans Community Park has been canceled.

Officials reported that the cancellation is due to the rainy forecast.

As of today, a reschedule date has not been determined.


ORIGINAL (Oct. 25, 2017)

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The annual Lehigh Acres Make A Difference Day is set for this weekend.

Hosted by the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Lehigh Acres Community Initiative and the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, it will take place Oct. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. on the central lawn of Veterans Community Park, at 55 Homestead Road S.

The event will feature a variety of events geared toward adults and children.

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If you go


Annual Lehigh Acres Make A Difference Day


Oct. 28 from noon to 5 p.m.


Veterans Community Park, 55 Homestead Road S.


Free and open to the public

According to Laurie Goshorn, an employee with the Veterans Park Recreation Center who helps to organize it, this is the sixth year for the event.

"It's a great opportunity for the three organizations to work together on an event that benefits the entire community," she said. "It is very helpful and a lot of fun."

Janis Williams, administrative assistant for the fire district, the agency is adding some new things this year such as a simulated bunker set where people can try on firefighter jackets, pants and boots. There will also be a place for them to take pictures with the firefighters and fire engines.

The district will hand out popcorn, cotton candy and other treats for children, as well as fire hats and educational materials for parents.

The Pink Heals fire truck will on site for touring. The program travels throughout the country, partnering with public safety agencies, local businesses and families to bring the community together.

Other activities for the day include bounce houses, inflatable games, food, children's games, trick-or-treating, hayrides, live music and other entertainment.

A parade will kick off at 3 p.m., along with a costume contest for children ages 13 and under. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Adults can receive a free wellness checkup, which includes a blood pressure reading, temperature and pulse check, iron count and cholesterol screening. A mobile blood unit will be on site taking donations.

Members of the center's martial arts and archery programs will hold demonstrations through the day.

Volunteers from across the country unite on Make a Difference Day, one of the largest annual days of service nationwide. Since 1992, communities have come together on the day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others. Nationally, Make A Difference Day is made possible by public support and the people of TEGNA, with support from the Arby's Foundation and Points of Light.

For more information about Lee County's Parks and Recreation locations, amenities and other special events, visit or contact 239-533-7275 or



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