“This is my new favorite holiday,” said Tiffany Johnson of St David after a crew from the community helped clean her property, did yard work, and hauled trash. The young mother was very appreciative of the service she received from the Saint David community during the recent “Make a Difference Day.”
Community members along the San Pedro River, and within the Saint David Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined together and participated in the National Day of Service. Families in Wilcox gathered at their local cemetery to clean and do weed-control, while road crews were formed in Elfrida to pick up trash and mow along the roadside. Many joined together in Benson and Pomerene to clean roadways, as well as the Saint David community which also organized projects for the elderly and those in need. Several different area churches along with high school service clubs, worked shoulder to shoulder in the spirit of community service, to accomplish a variety of “good deeds” for the occasion.
Cochise County donated free garbage bags, and trash services for the day. approximately ten tons of garbage was hauled off to the local landfill. Organizers asked participants to wear red, and about five hundred people including children participated in the event. Local committee members were extremely pleased with the volunteer services rendered, and the overall success of Make a Difference Day 2013.