Volunteers celebrate MLK Jr. day with service

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 18:09:31-05

It may not look like much, but these stickers, crayons and construction paper cut outs are helping Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream come true.

"To make valentine's day cards for sick people to make them more happy," said Sydney Willard, a seven year old Girl Scout Brownie. She and her troop chose to volunteer at Crossroads Hospice in Lenexa, Kansas on their day off from school.

From Girl Scouts to Armed Forces veterans, dozens of volunteers gave up their day off to instead volunteer their time in a day on.

"We have commercialized so many holidays -- Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day -- this really should be a holiday of giving, of doing service for someone else," said veteran and Crossroads Hospice volunteer Kevin Bradley. "[That] is one of the goals Dr. King had in mind -- give back to your community and watch your community grow."

These volunteers gave back to their communities by making care packages for more than 100 homeless veterans and Valentine's Day cards for hospice patients and families.

"We have young, we have old, everyone is here their hands together in a good cause for the community and it warms your heart," said Scott Christ, executive director of Crossroads Hospice. "It just is a great thing because they could be doing so many other things, but they are giving back to the community."

If you would like to give back, click here for a listing of metro volunteer opportunities.


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