The 11th Annual MLK, Jr. Day of Service was a success!
Here were some of the accomplishments from the event:
- 228 people attended the 11th Annual Day of Service.
- The School Supply Drive~ Attendees donated close to 500 school supply items. These items were sent to over 170 children enrolled in the Office of Human Affairs Centers in Hampton and surrounding localities.
- Cards of Encouragement~ Participants prepared 135 greetings cards, which will be distributed to military service personnel who are serving abroad. Cards were also prepared for the parents of children participating in programs at YH Thomas. These cards were created to encourage perseverance and hope.
- Visiting Officials~ Three members of Hampton City Council, including Vice-mayor Linda Curtis, Councilman Donnie Tuck and Councilman Will Moffett attended the Day of Service.
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The event began with Mistress of Ceremonies, Gina Lewis, offering a warm welcome to all attendees. Scottinae Mayfield of Hampton Adult Services set the tone of the event with an encouraging invocation. The Hampton Sheriff's Color Guards invoked a sense of pride for our country as the audience rendered honor to America.
Ms. Gina Lewis proceeded to identify all the sponsors and corporate supporters of the event. The Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program, YH Thomas Community Center, Hampton Adult Services, Humana, Hampton TRIAD, Old Northampton Community Organization, Hampton's Department of Community Development, Starbucks of Coliseum Drive and the Iota Phi Lamba Sorority- Gamma Zeta Chapter were all recognized.
After becoming familiar with the supporting organizations, the speakers encouraged and enlightened the audience. The speakers of the day were Marga Bagwell (TRIAD), Shellae Blackwell (Dept of Community Development), Sabrina Carr (Humana) and Corey Johnson (Hampton Fire & Rescue). The keynote speaker was Reverend Steven Brown (Project Promise).
After the speakers engaged the audience, everyone was invited to visit the various exhibitors and then partake in lunch. The Hampton Military Affairs Committee, Patient Advocate Foundation, TRIAD, City of Newport News-Active Lifestyles Program, Peninsula Riverside PACE, Pearly Gates Massage, Peninsula Agency on Aging, Roc-A-Purse, and Health Partners Home Care were in attendance. Breakfast and lunch were provided by Bojangles.
To honor the theme "WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR OTHERS?' (-quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), two service projects were selected. The Cards of Encouragement is the first project in which handwritten greeting cards with encouraging sentiments were created for the deployed troops and parents of students at the YH Thomas Community Center who needs a little support in order to keep moving forward. The second project was the School Supply Replenish Drive. The goal of this drive was to collect school supplies from the attendees in order to replenish supplies of students whose families do not have resources to restock mid-year.
The event ended with the distribution of door prizes donated by the supporters and exhibitors and closing remarks by the MLK Day of Service Committee Chair, Jason Samuels.
The event was spear-headed, in large, by Diretta Glover, Assistant Chair of the MLK, Jr. Day of Service Committee.