Hundreds turned out for the annual Make a Difference Day for Pleasanton Festival on Oct. 27. The annual festival promotes community service, wellness and safety. A wide range of local groups set up booths and exhibitions inside the Pleasanton Senior Center including the Pleasanton Police Department, Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department, Axis Healthcare, Pleasanton Military Families, Blankets for Kids and Hope Hospice.
Visitors were able to learn about the community while picking up , and fire awareness goodie bags.
Jo Moly of Pleasanton, who runs Blankets for Kids out of her home, says her organization has been giving away blankets to children in need for over nine years.
"Our folks at Ridgeview Commons make the blankets and we use every scrap," she said. "This is a grassroots effort. We have given away over 25 thousand blankets in our nine years."
Pleasanton Police Officer Archie Chu was at the event and said the police department is now offering educational webcasts online and has a goal of eventually having it's own YouTube Channel.
Visitors were also able to sign the banner that started over 15 years ago. Joey Sutton says anyone can sign the banner if you "pledge to make Pleasanton a better place."
The Pleasanton Middle School cheer team greeted visitors arriving at the festival with cheers and signs.
Before the event, volunteers gathered at 8:30 a.m. to help with a clean-up project at adjacent Hearst Elementary School and Pleasanton Middle School campuses.
After the event, walkers participated in the World Walk to Wellness, which started at Centennial Park and ended at the festival. Walkers were asked to pick up trash along the route.
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