Changemaker Central reaches out to local veterans on Make a Difference Day

Video by Holly Bernstein and Nicole Neri

Family Comfort Hospice and Arizona State University downtown Phoenix students joined together to make cards and other gifts to celebrate Make a Difference Day, which typically occurs on the fourth Saturday of October. The event was created by Changemaker Central @ ASU, a community of students at ASU who lead social change.

“Today we’re celebrating (Make a Difference Day) at ASU,” said Changemaker employee Sophia Acosta. “We reached out to Family Hospice, and we’re making cards and just different memory gifts for the patients at their space.”

Acosta, a “Change Agent” with the organization, said normally the group goes to a location.

“We really just reach out to any nonprofit organization that is interested in doing service with us on this day,” Acosta said. “I think we just like to instill in the culture here at ASU of service and giving back.”

Volunteer Coordinator for Family Comfort Hospice Michelle Morton said this was Hospice’s first year doing a craft fair with Changemaker.

“We like the value that Changemaker has,” said Morton. “They’re so motivated to do activities like this for different organizations and help us and help us find students.”

Morton said a group of veterans who are volunteers assist on Veterans Day. The veterans visit patients who were veterans to give them the cards.

Contact the reporter at Holly.Bernstein@asu.edu.