Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MLK Day Collection for Homeless Vets and Youth

What is the MLK Day of Service?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"  Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.  Find more volunteer opportunities at MLKDay.gov.

What is the Volunteer Center doing?                                                          
The Volunteer Center  will be partnering with the Bergen County Division of Veterans Services and Streetsmart Outreach in assisting homeless veterans and youth in the area.    
Donations of backpacks, blankets, sleeping bags, toiletry kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, soap, comb/brush, razor, shaving cream, feminine products, small bag to hold items and a set of towels), wind up flashlights, can openers, zip lock bags, small first aid kits, socks, undergarments for men and women, sweatshirts, flannel shirts, thermal tops and bottoms in all sizes to extra large, winter boots, gloves, hats and coats, bottled water, pop-top foods like fruit, soup, stew, etc.,  individual snack packs of granola bars, nuts, raisins, etc., bus tickets and gift cards to Walmart, Shop Rite, McDonald's, Subway,  and Pizza Hut are needed. 

Donors can drop off these items at the Volunteer Center's offices, 64 Passaic Street in Hackensack, during the week of January 12 to 16, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm,  
                              with evening hours till 7:00 pm on Thursday January 15.

Call Debbie Emery at 201-489-9454, ext. 118 for more information. 

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