Eau Claire (WQOW)- There was no shortage of helping hands around Eau Claire Saturday, for the biggest national community service day of the year.
The USA Today Magazine event "Make a Difference Day" landed in Eau Claire for the first time Saturday, and had over 100 volunteers giving back around the city. Volunteers cleaned local parks, donated food items for the Feed my People Food Bank, and made cards for patients at the Mayo Systems Health Clinic.
Eau Claire Volunteer Coordinator Teri-Gene Conlin said it was a perfect fall volunteer event for the city.
"People really want to volunteer, and they want to give back to their community so you have to give them the opportunity. It reminds people that volunteering is fun, and giving back gives you a really good feeling," said Conlin.
The UW-Eau Claire Dance Team did their part by cleaning up some of the local parks.
"It was super fun. The leaves are so gorgeous right now, and it was awesome to make a pretty place even more pretty by getting rid of all the trash," said dance teammate Anna Floersch.
Make a Difference Day brought out so many volunteers of all ages, that the city already has it on the books for next year. It will be the fourth Saturday in October in 2016.