Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 17, 2022, our nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. as both a civil rights leader and an individual who helps others. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to inspire Americans to volunteer and serve in their communities.  In the spirit of Martin Luther King’s legacy, there are many things our children can do to show kindness and compassion in their surrounding neighborhood.

Some ways include encouraging them to:

  • Pick up trash in the community.
  • Donate gently used books or new toys to the children’s hospital.
  • Make hygiene kits or care packages for the homeless and donate them to a local shelter.
  • Write gratitude letters to individuals that have made a difference in their lives.
  • Use chalk and write encouraging messages on sidewalks or windows for passersby.
  • Donate blankets, linens and/or towels to a local animal shelter (Call ahead to confirm the shelter’s needs)
  • Create a free little library in the community to encourage book exchanges.
  • Collect aluminum cans/water bottles throughout the year and recycle them at a recycling facility where you can earn money in exchange for the items.  Donate the money to a local organization.

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