It's a busy morning at the Helpline Center in preparation for this weekend. Volunteer Services Director Sara Carothers' office is packed full of items that will be used this Saturday for national Make a Difference Day.
"So we're doing things like taking old t-shirts and making them into dog toys for the humane society. We're taking sweaters that people don't wear anymore and we're cleaning them and turning them into decorations for the banquet for their thanksgiving meal," Carothers said.
They are welcoming hundreds of volunteers to spend the day at the Washington Pavilion on Saturday helping with service projects.
"We can handle up to 1,000 volunteers that day. We just invite anyone who is interested in coming out and helping to lend their hands. Last year we had about 700 people who attended and this year we would like to top that because we just have so many projects and so many ways that people can give their time," Sara Carothers said.
Some of the non-profits that will be on hand include, the Family Visitation Center, Lutheran Social Services and South Dakota Achieve.
Make a Difference Day is in conjunction with Tree the Town, which alone is expecting several hundred people to head out and plant trees around Sioux Falls.
"KELO-TV believes in being part of the community and giving back to the community. That's what are tradition of caring is all about. When you need over 300 volunteers to plant almost 500 trees it's really important to get that response from the community and they really came through for us," KELOLAND TV Program Director Karen Floyd Said.
There will also be hands-on activities for kids, seniors and everyone in between who wishes to volunteer and make a profound impact on the community.