Today we remember the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill in 1983 creating this holiday to honor King. Observed on the third Monday of January since 1986 people across America join on this day of service in his name.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. Known for his key role in the civil rights movement, King fought for equality for African Americans and victims of injustice. He was the driving force behind landmark decisions like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In 1964 King was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. His legacy continues to be recognized today as millions of Americans join together for a national day of service and dialogue to honor Dr. King.
There are so many different ways to get involved within your own communities. We’ve listed a few ways below:
Organize a canned food drive in your town
Whether you’re enlisting the whole town or a just a few friends and neighbors a food drive is a great way to bring people together and help those in need.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Call your local shelter and see if you can help cook and/or serve a meal.
Collect donations for your favorite organization
Round up some neighbors or friends and collect gently worn clothing and household items for your favorite organizations.
GreenDrop makes it easy to donate to our partner charities the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Philadelphia. Give us a call for a charity home pickup or visit a GreenDrop location nearest you. An attendant or driver will collect your donations and provide a tax-receipt from the charity of your doing.
Let us know what you’re doing on this day of community service by leaving a comment!