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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Monday will be the 25th observance of the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.

It's a day off for most, but volunteers want it to be a day on, a time to give back to their community.

Johnnie Hammond showed me around the community room at the east Albany boys and girls club, they're packing food to give away.

"Starts at ten but when we get here most of them are already lined up," said Hammond.

Lined up for food that will likely run out.

"Bag of fruit, bag of bread, and bag of meat," said Hammond.

They do this a couple times a year, but this giveaway centers around the MLK holiday.

"It's celebrating what he was all about, and he was all about doing things for other people," said Hammond.

And like the civil rights leader they'll do the same.

"He wouldn't want us to just sit around and talk about some of the things he did he'd want us to show it," said Hammond.

Over at Greater Second Mt. Olive Baptist church, they're giving blood and want you to do the same.

"The blood drive is going to take place on MLK holiday, it'll be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., feel free to come out bring a friend or a co-worker," said Asst. Pastor Brandon Dotson, Grater Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

The need for blood is great and they hope with many people off of work on Monday they'll get a great turnout.

"I just want to encourage as many people as possible remember the day, remember the sacrifice. What better way to honor Dr. King life than to honor his legacy by donating blood," said Dotson.

Blood donations will be collected at their community center at the corner of East Broad and Dewey St.

The food giveaway starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Inverness Road Boys and Girls Club. There are also activities through the weekend in Tifton and Valdosta.

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