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Metro Brief: Montgomery County to honor King’s birthday with day of service.

Montgomery County

On January 19, 2015

Volunteers will participate in a variety of projects for the county’s day of service honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Credit: Montgomery County Volunteer Services

This year, Montgomery County’s Day of Service activities in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday will take place at several sites throughout the county. Locations, times and registration information can be found at www.montgomeryserves.org/mlk-day-service-2015.

Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center will coordinate indoor, family-friendly service projects 1-3 p.m. at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd.

Projects include tying paracord bracelets for members of the military, preparing bagged lunches for county shelters, creating fleece blankets for Montgomery Hospice, making pet toys for local animal shelters, assembling snow day boxes for Meals on Wheels, decorating holiday cards for seniors and assembling care kits for foster children.

Other sites with multiple service projects for all ages include the Seneca Creek Community Church located at 13 Firstfield Rd. in Gaithersburg, 9-11 a.m.; and the Silver Spring Civic Building at One Veterans Place, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Silver Spring projects are organized by the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.     

These three locations will also be collection sites for non-perishable food donations for the Manna Food Center. In addition, the Bethesda Marriott and Silver Spring locations will also accept new and gently used sleeping bags, blankets and new socks for the homeless

Other projects in honor of MLK Day include park clean-ups throughout the weekend of January 17-19, as well as food drives for Manna Food Center at all Giant Food stores in Montgomery County.  

All activities are approved for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours through Montgomery County Public Schools.

Montgomery County’s celebration continues with the annual birthday tribute at the Music Center at Strathmore on Monday at 3:30 p.m. The event will feature local artists, and the master of ceremonies will be WJLA News Anchor Leon Harris. The musical celebration is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required and may be reserved at www.strathmore.org. For individuals unable to secure advanced tickets, a standby line will form outside the music center at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the performance and unclaimed tickets will be released to the public at 3:15 p.m.

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