Service to Others Is a MLK Day Tradition

by CYNTHIA KMETT

Students across the state will get next Monday, January 15 off from school, and it isn’t even a snow day. We actually hope it won’t snow so that the entire community can help celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and give back to others at the same time. It’s the newest Troy tradition, and was not only very successful, but it offered lots of fun while providing service to others.

Kerry Birmingham, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives for the Troy School District, wants to remind you that you can begin dropping off donations for the city’s 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Athens High School, with breakfast at 8:30 and the program at 9 a.m. – use the back door.

“We have less than two weeks to gather the supplies needed to make this event a success, and I know that our TSD community will come through!” Birmingham believes.

Donations can be sent to a TSD school, or Central Office (4400 Livernois). Here are the donations the event is seeking: For Our Blankets

For Veterans And Patients In Local Hospitals:

  • Fleece in 2.5-yard pieces–or able to be cut into even amounts of 2.5 yards each (a bolt of fleece is just over 4 feet wide–we need 2.5 yards in length for each blanket, you are welcome to send in 5 yards, 10, 20—any multiple of 2.5): getyourgazette.com/mlk-daydonations-for-fleece-blankets/

For blessing bags for people who are homeless and in shelters:

  • Warmth & Hygiene Items: getyourgazette.com/mlk-daydonations-for-warmth-and-hygienekits/

For care packages for our troops:

  • See list of specific needed items here–there are many things we cannot send overseas so please read: getyourgazette.com/mlk-daydonations-for-troops/

And of course, you are ALL invited to attend and learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. King on January 15, as well as take part in our on-site service projects. The City of Troy and the TSD partner for this wonderful opportunity to make a difference in our community as well as our local members of the military serving abroad.

Last year we had 1000 people and we have expanded to utilize more space and additional projects in anticipation of an even larger crowd.

If you missed this celebration last year, you not only missed the delicious breakfast from the district’s cafeteria staff, but all the fun both parents and kids were having as they made blankets and packed goodie bags for our troops and the homeless.

This is also an opportunity to donate blood to the Red Cross, just in case you missed the city’s two recent blood drives. Blood donations save lives and this time of year the precious liquid is always in short supply.

Service project supply donations will be accepted until Thursday, January 11. The school district’s Superintendent Student Advisory Board is also looking for monetary donations from local businesses to cover the cost of postage for our care packages and other supplies, so if you or someone you know can help out, please send an email to kbirmingham@troy.k12.mi.us or call 248-823- 4035.

Thank you, as always, for your support and get shopping.