“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Service Day By the Numbers:
436 volunteers – 1108 service hours
1992 individuals served – 16 projects
More than 400 individuals volunteered their time and talents to one (or more!) of the MLK Service Day projects in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Projects took place all weekend, from January 13-15, and focused on literacy, hunger, human services and unification. Read on for information about each project!
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Projects this year included:
BOOK DRIVE – Our annual book drive was bigger than ever! 800+ books were donated by The Bookshelf customers, students, teachers, civic groups, families and more. THANK YOU to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for coming together to donate 350+ books! Two individual volunteers also donated 100+ books EACH!
- Meigs Literacy Fair
- First Option Care
- Project Cradle Care
- R.E.A.D. Initiative
- Boston Tutoring Program
- Thomasville Community Resource Center …and more!
MANNA DROP – On Saturday, January 13, 122 households (306 individuals) received a free grocery bag full of food, including non-perishables, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. THANK YOU to volunteers from TCCHS’s HOSA club members, VyStar Credit Union, Delta Sigma Theta, and all the other families and individuals who chose to give their time to help their neighbors in need. And, a very special THANK YOU to the Food Lion Feeds program for donating all of the food given away!
MEIGS LITERACY FAIR AND READ-A-THON – This beloved annual event shines a spotlight on youth literacy and the joys of reading. Volunteers read their favorite book to the group of about 30 in attendance. Each attendee also left with a free book of their choice. THANK YOU to all volunteers, including brothers from Joppa Lodge #43. A special THANK YOU to Thomasville National Bank for donating and delivering pizza to the event! And, THANK YOU to special guest (and children’s author) Geneva King for reading to attendees!
CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE – The cold weather is upon us, and volunteers answered the call to help those who are displaced this winter. Volunteers made 82 “No-Sew Scarves” from blankets or pieces of fleece. An addition 89 pairs of “Soups & Socks” were also donated. Each pair of socks contains two cans of soup, two plastic spoons and a note of encouragement. These items benefit local human services agencies, including:
- Thomas County Cares
- Fountain of Life Rescue
- Thomasville-Thomas County Homeless Coalition
- Thomasville Street Feed
DNOW – Each year, we assist local churches in finding service projects for their youth groups participating in the community-wide DNOW weekend. For one of the projects this year, we teamed up with representatives from Dewey City and Keep Thomas County Beautiful to perform a street sweep along Calhoun Street. When the students arrived at the project site, they heard from Dewey City representatives to learn more about the history of Dewey City and revitalization efforts that are currently underway in the neighborhood. In addition to picking up litter, the group of local 9th graders from First Baptist Church also installed storm drain markers to remind people that these drains (and anything dumped down them) connect to our local waterways.
We were once again proud to partner with the MLK Walk & Festival as part of our MLK Service Day opportunities. Thank you to all the event organizers and to everyone who volunteered and participated in all the service projects and activities!
Special thanks to these Diamond Level & above Sponsors, The Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation, and all of our donors and sponsors for making volunteer programs and events like these possible.