"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve."— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For many of us, that means its a day off from school or work. But what if we make it a day on instead?
In 1994, Congress initiated the King Day of Service, asking all Americans to use this particular day off as a day to give back to our communities, to our country, and to each other. But to be honest, I had never heard of the King Day of Service, until President-Elect (and very soon to be President!!) Obama brought it to the nation's attention a few weeks ago. It makes perfect sense...what better way to honor the birthday of one of the nation's most remarkable community activists than to become active in our own communities.
The best part about this day of service, is that with the kids off from school, you can really use the opportunity to get them involved as well. Even my kindergartener has been learning about MLK, and she will learn even more on Monday when we spend a few hours sorting food and the community food cupboard. She's excited about going with me and I think she'll understand the significance of the day even more for doing so.
There are lots of things you can do in your own community to make MLK Day a day of service. Contact your local nursing home, hospital, fire department, soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or animal shelter if you're looking for ideas. And check out Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to learn more about how, why, and where to serve.