GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-Saturday was "Make a Difference Day," the nation's largest day of volunteering.
WZZM 13's parent company, Gannett, launched the campaign 19 years ago. Since then, it's helped hundreds of millions of Americans as well as animals.
More than 50 Davenport University students did their part Saturday. Some helped clean up Crash's Landing, a rescue shelter for at-risk stray cats, while others prepared food for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Grand Rapids. Volunteers say it's there way to repay the community.
"I needed help growing up, so I feel I need to give back. Also, helping the community really builds character as a person," said Nettie Curtice, who attends Davenport University.
"I enjoy making a difference in other people's lives. Whether that be something small, like making food for other people, or being there just to communicate and share. And we did that all here today," said Davenport University Devin Hileski.
Organizers estimate more than 3 million people across the country volunteered Saturday, Including Gannett's chief executive officer. For a link to more information on how you can make a difference, visit the campaign website.