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Mid-Michigan volunteers work on projects for MLK Day of Service

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(01/21/13) - This is the day we honor civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Junior. Dr. King once said life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'

With that in mind, hundreds of volunteers around Mid-Michigan performed a day of service.

It's not glamorous, but it's work that needed to be done. Students from UM-Flint showed up at the Boys and Girls Club to vacuum carpet and do some general cleaning. At Crossover Downtown Ministries, UM-Flint faculty members sorted clothing and next year's Christmas presents. The Humane Society of Genesee County saw volunteers and school kids create decorations for Valentine's Day.

At all these locations, the reason for the day of service is the same. They feel Dr. king would be pleased with the work that's done in his name.

"This is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community as well as fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King's dream," said Angela Bright, UM-Flint student.

"To have these kids come out for half a day, clean the building, it really helps, you know," said Tauzzari Robinson of the Boys and Girls Club of Flint.

"I think it's wonderful. I think it's an amazing way to honor his memory and all of the wonderful things he stood for," said Denise Diller of Crossover Downtown Ministries.

A day of service to honor Dr. King started in Philadelphia in 1996 and has been growing ever since. At Habitat for Humanity in Flint, 50 volunteers from UM-Flint, Resource Genesee and Americorps built sheds for Habitat homeowners.

"It exemplifies what he was all about; bringing people together to help those in need," said Juan Zuniga of Habitat for Humanity.

"I think one of the things we need to strive towards, especially our generation is giving back to the community and sharing," said Dan Dekoski of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

And what would Dr. King think of all this volunteer work?

"I think he would be proud," Bright said. 

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