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How Do You Plan to Spend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?

What community service project have you taken part in that you are most proud of?

The three-day weekend coming up features Day of Service activities associated with Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

The 2013 commemoration of the King Holiday coincides with the which will include a National Day of Service, continuing a tradition set four years ago when President-elect Obama and his family joined in the MLK National Day of Service the day before the official swearing in.

The two service days bookend the weekend on Jan. 19 and 21 respectively. The inaugural occasion serves as a kick-off to committing to ongoing service in communities, focusing on seven issue areas: health, faith, education, the environment, honoring our veterans and military families, community resilience, and economic development.

Service activities officially start on Saturday with a few on Monday, locally. Plug your ZIP code into this National Day of Service search tool for service activities in and around your community.

Here are two happening locally on Saturday:

MLK Day Coat Drive, Saturday, 10 a.m., : On the National Day of Service honoring Martin Luther King Jr., the Southold Town Democratic Party will collect coats and food for the needy. Help continue this OFA tradition by donating warm clothing and canned goods for those less fortunate on the North Fork.

Coats for the Community, Saturday, 10 a.m., home of Angela De Vito, South Jamesport: Even though the weather has yet to become winter bitter, there still is a need for coats, gloves, hats, and scarves for many in our community. We will be collecting these items from 10 am- 4pm at my home in South Jamesport. Please take some time and give to those less fortunate than us.

And let us know in the comments below what you plan to do to this weekend.

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Ted Sheckler January 18, 2013 at 08:56 PM
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