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Livingston to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day With an Annual Day of Service Event

The Alternative Press Staff

Saturday, January 18, 2014 • 6:55am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - On January 20, the Livingston Committee for Diversity is hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Day of Service event at Livingston High School, in the Cafeteria, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members of the community are invited to come and work together on a variety of service projects to commemorate the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. via outlets to help the less fortunate.

The mission of the Livingston Committee for Diversity is to “Encourage the citizens of Livingston to recognize their commonalities and to appreciate the potential strength of the ethnic, religious, racial, generational and cultural diversity that so richly enhances our great community.”

The Livingston Committee for Diversity began as a way of bringing significance to the school holiday marking Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Dr. King saw service as individually and socially transforming. For the past 16 years, children and adults have given part of their days OFF to make it a day ON by performing service projects and giving themselves as a gift to others, while being mindful that many people are still struggling for various types of freedoms.

Participating organizations include:

Grace Lutheran Church will provide supplies for personal hygiene, which will be packed and distributed to homeless and immigrant refugees for Lutheran Service Ministries in the Trenton area.

The Girl Scouts will be hosting a variety of projects including:

  • Junior Scout Troop 20384 is sponsoring an anti-bullying learning experience, and Shasa Weber is working on her Silver Scout Award with a project on composting.  
  • Troop 20215 will be making “origami” tray favors for the residents of CareOne, Inglemoor and those served by Meals on Wheels.
  • Troop 20018 will be running a Color-a-Smile table and decorating bags for CHOW.
  • Troop 20302 will be holding a collection for the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter click here for the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Wish List.

Burnet Hill Elementary School will have a truck located in the parking lot, near the cafeteria, to collect gently-used, no-longer-desired bicycles to be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs in Newark. The New Jersey Bike exchange reconditions the bikes so they are ready for their new owners.

CHOW will be collectiing canned goods and nonperishable foods.

The Lions Club will be collecting old eye-glasses to be distributed to those who can use them.

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