National Make a Difference Day

Celebrated every fourth Saturday in October, Make a Difference Day is the day to give back and take community service to a new level. Find a local nonprofit and volunteer a little of your time. Make sure it has something that you’re passionate about and that makes a difference in the world. If you don’t have the time, you can donate financially to make a difference. Or you can help a friend or neighbor. Sometimes giving someone the opportunity to vent or offering a shoulder to cry on can make a huge difference in their lives.

The United Nations came into existence on October 24, 1945 and today is celebrated as United Nations Day. It started as a way to make a difference in the world. Here is the Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations.

“We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

“and for theses ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

“have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.”

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