Monday, January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and we will celebrate and honor the life of a man who had a dream. As an influential leader of the Civil Rights movement, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy will be recognized in The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta.
Since Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act in 1994, it has become more than just a day to remember Dr. King, but a national day of service. Below are a few ways in which we will be recognizing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Salvation Army Peachcrest Boys & Girls Club: On Friday, January 13 a total of 14 Teen Members will travel to a local nursing home to speak with the residents and hand out decorated cards. The remaining Members at the Club will watch a movie about Martin Luther King and create special crafts.
The Salvation Army Fuqua Boys & Girls Club: On Friday, January 13 the Club Keystone and Torch Club members will prepare and serve food to the homeless in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Salvation Army Bellwood Boys & Girls Club: On Thursday, January 12 members, parents and staff will participate in an educational activity about the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Tuesday, January 17 Keystone and Torch Club members will assist children housed at the City of Refuge shelter with homework. Afterward, the keystone members and torch club members will disperse books to children at the shelter, as well assist parents and other program adults with a library card application.
The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command Warehouse: On Monday January 16 The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command and Coca-Cola employees will celebrate the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through volunteerism and action. Approximately 120 Coca-Cola volunteers will serve with The Salvation Army Atlanta in sorting and preparing food donations to be distributed to our 13 county area region. Food donations from last month’s 11Alive Holiday Can-A-Thon will be sorted into manageable deliveries to sustain our Financial Emergency Service Offices and Service Centers food pantries throughout the year. Volunteers will assist us with sorting of close to 105,000 canned goods!
“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.
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