Volunteers make blankets for 'Day of Service' - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Volunteers make blankets for 'Day of Service'

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(01/21/13) - Forty-four years after the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mid-Michigan continues to honor his legacy.

More than 80 people came out to Davenport University's Flint Township campus to take part in their "Day of Service". They're making blankets to help keep homeless and disabled veterans warm this week - one of the coldest so far this season.

"One of the areas we thought goes unnoticed is our veterans, so we wanted to work with volunteers center of Michigan," said organizer Wilma Mitchell.

"It means the world to any active duty or retired veteran, it's just very cool, a great thing," said Adam Gilliam, Pvt. 1st Class Marine Corps.

And on this cold, snowy Monday, some volunteers like Sayre Corbin made the drive from Lansing to take part in an effort close to her heart.

"I'm just glad to be able to help in a really small way. My sister is actually a veteran and so this kind of hits home for me in a way. This is just a tiny way to help," he said.

"The sacrifice that he or she made and leaving their family behind just to sacrifice for their country, which brings tears to my eyes. My son was a disabled veteran and so I know what it's like as a mother to wait and hear news, so it's just awesome," said volunteer Betty Deloach.

The volunteers hope to make nearly 60 blankets by days end.

Thanks to a grant and donations from area businesses, all the supplies were free.

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