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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 18, 2021

Though we will not be able to offer our traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service events this year, the Outreach Ministry Committee (OMC) has identified some ways we can continue to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. OMC and the Youth Inquirer’s Confirmation class will be in the church driveway from 10–noon on January 18 to collect donations for the following organizations. For more information, contact Mary Kent Hill, mhill7@nc.rr.com.

Bake Cookies for SECU Family House
SECU Family House provides housing for adults traveling a great distance to receive treatment at UNC Hospitals. Grab and go snacks are always appreciated. If you and your family would like to bake cookies for Family House, please package them individually in Ziploc bags, 2-3 to a bag. Any kind of cookies are welcome!

Make Valentines for Meals on Wheels — great for all ages, especially for our youngest volunteers!
One way for families to get involved in MLK Day of Service is to create Valentines for Meals on Wheels of Orange County. This year, we will be asking parishioners to create valentines at home, and then deliver them to the church between 10 and 12 on January 18th. For Valentine ideas, we have a set up a link to templates here, and some can also be found in families’ Faith-at-Home bags.

Donate Children’s Books for Book Harvest
Book Harvest provides books and ongoing literacy support to families with children from birth. Bring new or gently used children’s books which will be delivered to Book Harvest’s MLK Day Dream Big Book Drive.

If you’d prefer to do a project on your own, consider: Activity Kits or Snack Packs for Ronald McDonald House

  • Activity Kits: Families at Ronald McDonald House can spend hours waiting on appointments, and with many waiting areas closed, they are often looking for ways to help pass the time. Create small activity kits kids can enjoy while they wait for their next appointment. Everything should fit in a gallon-size bag, making them easy to transport. Contents can include crayons, coloring books, deck of cards, small notebooks, etc.
  • Snack Packs: Families that utilize the House are constantly on the go. You can make small snack packs that contain 3-5 individually pre-packaged snack items for guests to take to the hospital. Contents could include a package of crackers, bag of chips/cookies, granola bars, fruit snacks, etc. Get creative and decorate your bags or add an encouraging note while assembling your bags.

Drop off your donation at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, 101 Mason Farm Road.

Finally, we invite you all to tune into a virtual interfaith celebration and commemoration of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Chapter. It will include prayers from religious leaders across the area and words of encouragement from notable national voices for justice and equality. You can register here.