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Utahns use 'Day of Service' to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day off for many people, but for volunteers at both Neighborhood House and the Utah Food Bank it's a day on.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day off for many people, but for volunteers at both Neighborhood House and the Utah Food Bank it's a day on, and a day to honor one of the most influential figures when it came to fighting for the rights of African American Citizens.

“It’s a connection with Martin Luther King Jr. and certainly I feel like its a recognition of his service to give some of your own,” said Jim Spas, an Americorps Volunteer.

Jim Spas recently retired from education and is now a volunteer with Americorps. Monday he and 100 other volunteers at the Utah Food Bank are spending their day sorting and packaging food boxes for shipment, preparing donation barrels for food drives and delivering food boxes to those in need.

"I think its important for us to stop to look back to look at the sacrifices that Martin Luther King  Jr. made for us and to really  participate with whats in our hearts, that we are giving back to not only his memory but to the community as well,” said Ginette Bott, development officer with the Utah Food Bank.

Volunteers at Neighborhood House are also giving back by helping organize clothes, shoes, books and other household items for a free thrift shop and resource fair taking place Tuesday

“What better service project can you have then to work on Martin Luther King day and be able to contribute that service it feels good,” said Spas.”

BYU is also holding a candlelit procession at 5:30 at the BYU bell tower.

 

 

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