USA WEEKENDís 22nd Make A Difference Day made its mark as millions came together in the nationís largest day of service.
An estimated 3 million volunteers helped their communities in every way imaginable, from bowl-a-thons to beach cleanups. A sampling of the heartfelt actions on Saturday, Oct. 27:
In Denver, a moving van parked at a Samís Club was stuffed with food for military families, thanks to a group called Homefront Heroes.
In McKinney, Texas, volunteers threw a fall carnival for children with special needs.
In Reno, Nev., Olympic mountain biker Katerina Nash helped out at a free youth cycling clinic.
In South Barrington, Ill., Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital collected hundreds of pounds of food for a pet rescue for older animals.
At Minnesotaís Mall of America, stars from Radio Disneyís Next Big Thing rallied against bullying. And they joined stars Usher and Kevin Bacon in a Twitter event urging volunteering.
USA WEEKENDís Make A Difference Day is held in partnership with Points of Light on the fourth Saturday of each October. Longtime supporter Newmanís Own provides $130,000 in charitable awards.
NBC News, the eventís 2012 media partner, encouraged volunteers with messages during the Today show and Nightly News.
Actor/philanthropist Kevin Bacon and his charity, SixDegrees.org, enabled people to make charitable donations online.
Selected volunteers will be honored in April. For more information, visit makeadifferenceday.com.