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Orgs honor MLK through community service

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Drilling nails into 2X4 and brushing on primer. These volunteers are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a less traditional way.

"We call it not a day off, but a day on, and a chance to give back to our community."

Monday morning Georgia Power and Southern employees came to Action Ministries of Augusta for their annual MLK Day of Service project.

This year the group is building and painting 30 bed frames for selected veterans and disadvantaged families.

"Martin Luther King Jr. said it's better to serve others, and that's what we're trying to do here today, is try to serve others."

Just a few doors down, AmeriCorps Vista are packaging emergency kits full of shampoos and soap to help needy and homeless people around the community.

For their annual MLK project the United Way of the CSRA sponsored AmeriCorps Vista's Day of Service. Deodorant, toothpaste and other toiletry items are packed into plastic bags. Volunteers are collecting and filling more than 2,400 orders of emergency hygiene kits for several homeless agencies across the area.

"It's really a good feeling. It's just a way that we can reach out and feel close to the community to do good and help others experiencing poverty."

Volunteers say they're able to answer what Dr. King calls one of life's most persistent and urgent questions: ‘What are you doing for others?" And today, these volunteers have the opportunity to answer in a positive way.

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