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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,, enabled people to make charitable donations online.

Whatís next?

Selected volunteers will be honored in April. For more information, visit

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Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of helping others, is sponsored annually by USA WEEKEND Magazine and its 800 carrier newspapers. Make A Difference Day takes place on the 4th Saturday in October each year.