Harvesters celebrates MLK Jr. Day with service

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 22:52:33-05

Monday was a day "on" and not a day "off" for hundreds of volunteers who donated their holiday to Harvesters Food Network.

The organization held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in honor of the civil rights leader.

More than 700 volunteers from student groups, sorority organizations and corporate groups packed food to be sent out to the various nonprofits Harvesters works with.

Mya Everette, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., said it was their fifth year volunteering on the holiday.

"Grassroots-level community service like what we are doing has a very large impact on our community, and so we love being here to help out," Everette said. "Many of us have seen both sides of this as far as working with other organizations."

It was important for volunteers to help not only tackle hunger in the Kansas City community, but carry on King's legacy of service.

"I'm sure if he were living, he wouldn't want us to be relaxing at home in bed, enjoying a day off from work," Everette said. "He would like to see us out in the community doing those things that we know will help all of our community members."

The Day of Service continues until 7:30 p.m. Monday night, but it is completely full. Harvesters needs help everyday, and you can schedule a time to volunteer by clicking here.


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