WATERLOO, Iowa --- What does it mean to have 24 plastic tubs full of word find books, puzzles, pudding and batteries?
At the Black Hawk County-owned care facility, it means plenty.
"It means that we won't have to ask for donations for quite a while," said Jan Prideaux, volunteer coordinator at Country View Care Facility north of Waterloo.
Country View was on the receiving end of that large donation thanks to a month-long campaign by the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, leading up to Make a Difference Day this past Saturday.
Volunteer Center executive director Lauren Finke delivered the tubs to Country View over the span of a few days. The donations were the result of efforts by 22 businesses and a few individuals --- including two Boy Scouts who solicited donations at their school.
"It went very, very well," she said. "It far exceeded our expectations."
Make a Difference Day was started by USA Weekend Magazine to be held on the fourth Saturday in October as the nation's largest day of volunteerism. This is the Volunteer Center's fourth year collecting items for different organizations.
"We kind of like to spread the love around the community," Finke said. "(This year,) we chose to focus on elder issues."
Country View will use the items as prizes for bingo games and other recreational activities that the facility's residents participate in.
"These are things (for which) we like to have a good supply on hand, so we will be well stocked for quite a long time to come," Prideaux said.