When it comes to volunteering, Wisconsin is ranked 8th in the nation, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Wednesday volunteers at the annual Toys for Tots drive in Madison were making a difference.
"All it takes is one or two people to change the world and make it a little bit of a better place. We live in such a cynical society these days -- you hear about the bad stuff, you never hear about the good stuff and this is the good stuff," said Devin Wolter, who is in his eighth year volunteering for the Salvation Army.
"You do get paid -- all the smiles and seeing the same people [the volunteers] year after year," Wolter said.
The Salvation Army teams up with the United Way and Toys for Tots for the annual toy drive in Madison. There are more than 100 volunteers that work to make it a happier Christmas for more than 2,700 families.
"I had a family come up to me and say, ‘Hey, you helped us in the shelter x amount of years ago,' and she was in tears and she put me in tears and put the volunteer in tears, “said Debra Crye, the volunteer coordinator for the Salvation Army.
She said she is proud of the eighth place ranking.
"I have a great job. I am really proud of Wisconsin for having that high of a percentage of volunteerism. I can see it with the folks that come through the door," Crye said.
Meanwhile, Wolter hopes for more smiles in the future.
"I think it’s outstanding that we are eight but that means we have seven spots to go up," Wolter said.
The study shows 36 percent of Wisconsinites volunteered between 2010 and 2012. Topping the volunteers list was Utah. The Toys for Tots Drive is open again Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center.