Martina McBride Makes a Difference

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RCA recording artist and Make a Difference Day national spokesperson Martina McBride and her family hosted a Halloween party Saturday (Oct. 28) for the families of Safe Haven. The non-profit agency is Nashville’s only 24-hour shelter where homeless families can stay together while moving from homelessness to self-reliance.

Held at Nashville’s Cumberland Science Museum, the children and their families were treated to a pizza supper complete with party costumes, favors and treats. After eating, the children enjoyed many of the various interactive exhibits.

The party concluded a month-long effort by McBride to collect items such as children’s clothing, art and school supplies, baby clothing items and household items for the families served by Safe Haven. She also enlisted the help of several businesses and the entire Nashville community to raise funds and supplies for the shelter.

McBride has established “Love’s the Only House Fund,” a building fund for Safe Haven’s expansion and renovation. Currently five families can live at Safe Haven at one time. Donation information can be found at

Make a Difference Day, founded by Paul Newman and USA Weekend about 11 years ago and held on the fourth Saturday of October, is the nation’s largest annual day of volunteering. McBride introduced special guest Marcia Bullard, president and CEO of USA Weekend, who reminded those in attendance that “when you do something good for someone else, you feel good yourself, and you cause a lot of good things to happen.”

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