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Citizens provide service to honor Dr. King

GA Power employees showed that same spirit of service Monday at the Salvation Army GA Power employees showed that same spirit of service Monday at the Salvation Army

Many South Georgians used this Martin Luther King Day as a Day of Service, not just another day off. 

While some people were just sleeping late, other South Georgians decided they wanted to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior by helping others.

 The children from the Albany Chapter of Jack and Jill of America spent the morning serving soup and sandwiches to people in need-  especially children. Cherita Stephens brought her family.  "It helps.  A lot.  You know especially when you are struggling.  To come out here and have something hot to eat," said Stephens said.

The 25 kids from Jack and Jill, from ages 5 to 17, cooked the soup and served it themselves outside the Superior Creek Lodge, Making this King Day more special for the youngsters.

"Martin Luther King, he did great things for the community.  And I think on the day we celebrate him, that people should go out and help the community," 11 year old James Hopson said.

Officials say with school out today, they were concerned that some students might miss the hot meals they are used to receiving at school.  So they decided to offer a place to get that nutrition, and provide one of their group's core principals.

Albany Chapter of Jack and Jill of America program director Kelli Hand said "How important it is to give back to the community.  That's one thing we stress to our children.  It's important that we help each other."

Georgia Power employees showed that same spirit of service Monday at the Salvation Army headquarters. Several of their employees and their kids helped sort and stock their food pantry.  They said it was a great way to honor Dr. King, and continue his message for generations to come.

Georgia Power employee Lisa Battle Jackson said, "Yes, I really do think it does mean a lot.  It means giving back, and that is what each of us are here to do today."

Georgia Power employee Henry Everson said "In an effort or tribute to him, they encourage all employees to give back. Participate.  Put a day on, not take a day off. So this is the minimum we can do in memory of Dr. King."

A day of service, not just a day off.  A great way to continue the legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement in Albany, where it's history is so strong.

One of the Jack and Jill kids said that more people should do service for their community every day; not just on holidays.

Residents told the Jack and Jill volunteers that they appreciated their efforts, and the hot meals were welcome.

Jack and Jill started in the 1930's, and has over 220 chapters nationwide, representing over 30,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.


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