Organizations honor MLK through National Day of Service

Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 6:34 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., organizations spent the day giving back to the community.

Living the Dream Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and other organizations returned to Topeka Harvesters for its annual National Day of Service.

Volunteers said it is important to keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy alive.

“Martin Luther King Jr. had a very strong reason for getting the community to understand what the needs were in our own community,” said Valerie Patterson with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “He wanted to make sure that everybody had an opportunity to vote and that there was righteousness in our world, so we really are tagging along because those are very awesome things to be focused on.”

Volunteers bagged up food and water for children, families, and seniors, all while having a little fun too.

“Harvesters does a really good job at making this situation very enjoyable,” Patterson emphasized. “We know all the words to all the songs, they have a really good beat, and so it really makes it fun to go through and process all of what you see here in an effort to get things ready to be shipped out.”

Volunteers from Sigma Gamma Rho Inc., and St. John Church also joined in on the day of service. “St. John brings those youngsters to help them understand how important volunteering is,” said Patterson.

Jada Fowler, one of the volunteers, said Martin Luther King Jr.’s day is more than just a day off. “My mom just always taught me that today is not a day off, it’s a day of service. It’s important to continue to help your community and give back.”

Fowler said she also recognizes the strong impact Dr. King has had on her life.

“I wouldn’t have anything I have now without him,” she continued saying, “I know he fought for what was right without violence and was very peaceful. I hope I inspire others to get out and help their community too.”

Harvesters said the group was able to package about 750 bags of food.

You can find more MLK events happening this week in Northeast Kansas here.

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