December 1, 2018 - Students were in very giving mood this holiday season!  The kids at St. John Neumann Catholic School in Maryville had collected a huge load of socks for those in need and donated them to MAD!  Thanks to these great kids & their giving hearts, many people in need now have warm, dry feet!  We love when kids & teens get involved, it means so much and warms our hearts!

March 20, 2019 - We're sending a huge shout out and many thanks to The Youth Group at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville and our friend Paula.  A resident that lived at the Trenton Cila, a Community Integrated Living Arrangement for the intellectually disabled, passed away unexpectedly in January and these amazing teens dropped a huge donation in their honor.  We appreciate their support so much and love the giving hearts of these young Difference Makers!

August 19, 2018 - We love it when teens want to make a difference, not only in their lives but the lives of others, and they can make a huge impact!  Ms. Camille and  her cousin Terri came out with us today on Serving Sunday to help us serve our homeless friends.  Camille's birthday was 2 days prior and she wanted to give back to her community!  Thank you both for helping out and being an inspiration to other teens!  Happy Belated Birthday, Camille!

November 13, 2017 - The Collinsville Middle School Hooloos organized a Socktober project and MAD was the recipient!  Hooloos are a special group of 7th grade students who have outstanding behavior in school and they recognize & promote positive behavior, giving back to the community.  Besides all of the socks they collected, they also collected & donated new hats, gloves, scarves, jackets, clothes, blankets, non-perishable food, hygiene & personal items and basic necessities.  We send many thanks to CMS & the Hooloos for making a huge difference in our community for the homeless! 

December 1, 2018 - The Hooloo's at North Junior High School aka Dorris Intermediate School collected donations again this year including a massive amount of socks, gloves, winter hats, clothes & snacks!   We didn't get photos this time but promise to next year if they help again! 

December 4, 2018 - Kids kept collecting and donating!  We picked up the huge donations of socks at Uthoff Valley Elementary where their students shattered last years record and collected over 2,250 pairs of socks for our homeless brothers and sisters with their Sock It To Me Campaign.   The 5th grade class collected the most socks and earned an extra long recess and the Thursday before Christmas was designated as school-wide pajama day!  Big thanks to these special students for making a huge difference!

January 5, 2019 A special young girl named Bristol decided to ask for donations for our unhoused brothers and sisters instead of gifts for her birthday.  Her friends & family obliged and she collected scarves, hats, gloves & mittens & personal hygiene products.  Bristol also told us we will be receiving a huge supply of soap and hand sanitizer soon.  What an awesome young lady with a very giving heart!  Thank you so much!

We can't wait to build this page up and add more young difference makers to it! 

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March 18, 2019 - The Youth Group at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville is such an inspiring group of young men & women!  They collected donation for our homeless friends, make care for them and also went shopping!   We appreciate them and all of their dedication helping us make this world a better place for those in need and the less fortunate.  These kids are really making a difference in this world! 

November 28, 2018 - The awesome kids from Rockwood District show what making a difference is all about!  Last year they collected socks for our homeless friends, and did it again this year with the goal of 1,000 pairs and collected over 1,500!  Watch the video about these Holiday Heroes and see how big their hearts are!

 June 18, 2018 -  MAD Founder Tony Hilker did something he hasn't done in years, he went to school!  Mrs. Humphreys had invited him to be a guest speaker in her summer session English class at Collinsville High School.  Not only did Mrs. H. and her class listen as Tony talked about homelessness, they also discussed ways they can all help our homeless brothers & sisters.  Thank you for having us and for wanting to make a difference!

Young Difference Makers

We've found that teens and young kids like making a difference, too!  We're going to spotlight those amazing young people because we appreciate everything they do and also hope they influence other kids to give back.