Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day on, not a day off

featuredThis coming Monday, January 17th, is the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — a national day of service in the United States. Where will you volunteer your energy and time?

People across the country are kicking off the new year by creating, joining, or reporting on MLK Day service projects in their communities:

Every year I try take part in a service project. This Monday, my family is going to carry out our second annual DIY project inspired last year by the tragic earthquake in Haiti.

First, we’ll update our own disaster supplies kit, and then we’ll share information with our neighbors about how they can prepare for disaster too.  We’ll pass along American Red Cross booklets that help Oregonians prepare for natural disasters possible here (like earthquakes) and Emergency Contact Cards (PDF) to carry in our wallets, just in case.

Via email to family and the local network of parents we’re connected to, and through blog posts like this one, our MLK Day service project can reach an even wider community.

You can learn more about disaster preparedness at www.redcross.org and at www.cruzrojaamericana.org. Here are some documents you can use at home and share in your community:

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! How are you making Monday a day on, not a day off?

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