By NEESEY PAYNE
Have you ever given a stranger a ride, helped someone with a flat tire, volunteered in a soup kitchen, or picked up trash in your neighborhood?
The bigger question is, how did it make you feel?
Mohandas Ghandi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A day in which people across the nation will join in giving their time and service to others – helping to create King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
King was a man of faith who, through non-violent resistance, fought for social justice. He believed in freedom, equality and peace for all of mankind.
Although a federal holiday, the day is looked upon as “a day on, not a day off.” Locally, students from Pulaski Middle School, Dublin Elementary School and Meadowview Apartment Community Learning Center will be participating in a variety of service activities sponsored by Beans and Rice Inc.
Service activities include:
• Packaging care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan through the Adopt-A-Platoon program.
• Working with Friends of the Pulaski County Library.
• Painting an inspirational service mural at Hensel Eckman YMCA, Pulaski.
• Volunteering at Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation Center.
• Baking, decorating and packaging cookies for nursing homes, shut-ins and fellow students.
• Presenting a nutrition workshop with help from Virginia Cooperative Extension and AmeriCorps VISTA program with assistance from nutrition students from Virginia Tech and Radford University.
• An MLK celebration at Pulaski Middle School with student skits and presentations by Eric Bucey, executive director, Beans and Rice Inc., and guest speaker Howard Eaves from Blacksburg.
King once said, “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” By working together, students will help strengthen the community through good works – bearing witness to King’s vision and the greatness they have within.