This Saturday, January 19th, is the MLK National Day of Service and I want to invite everyone to participate in this really wonderful event.
Back in 1994, Congress designated the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a National Day of Service. Across the nation, in pretty much every community, there are community service and volunteerism activities planned in honor of the day. It's a great way to get together with your friends, family, and neighbors to give back to our greater communities and recognize the value of service - both to ourselves as contributing individuals and to the recipients of our generosity and time.
No matter where you live or where your interests may lie, you can find opportunities to volunteer at the the MLK Day website as well as the Presidential Inauguration Committee's National Day of Service website (non-partisan).
For those of you who are in the San Diego area, I want you to invite you to join me (and Kate) at a Day of Service activity benefitting Operation Gratitude, which is an organization that sends care packages to U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions. We will be hand-writing letters and making cards and paracord survival bracelets that will be included in the care packages assembled and shipped by Operation Gratitude.
You can register to attend here or just show up:
Operation Gratitude: Letter Writing Campaign for the National Day of Service
Location: Black Contractors' Association
6125 Imperial Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114 (map here)
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM (Come for the whole time or drop by when you can.)
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013
This is a great activity for families - parents and older children can write letters and make cards or bracelets and even smaller children can participate by drawing pictures for inclusion with the cards and letters. I'm the event leader and will be there the entire time, so if you do attend, please say hi!
What are your plans for the National Day of Service? If you have an activity in which you're participating in your area, please feel free to post the details in the comments below for other readers.
Thanks for stopping by!