MLK Day of Service: 'Amazing Things Are Happening Here Today'

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Classes may not start for the spring semester until Tuesday, January 16th, but Stockton University held its 14th annual MLK Day of Service on Monday.

“MLK Day is really to be recognized as a national day of service," said Daniel Fidalgo Tome, director of Service Learning for Stockton University. "It’s really important for us to remember that the Doctor really talked about the importance of service, and his speeches and his works.” 

About 1,000 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

Amazing things are happening here today.

“We have about 40 to 50 service projects going on across the southern part of New Jersey," said Tome. "Everything from beach clean-ups in Atlantic City to feeding folks at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.” 

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One of those service projects took place at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Galloway offices.

“Amazing things are happening here today," said Renate Taylor, director of development for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch. "Stockton University [and] the United Way are coming together with Please Let Us Eat to pack boxes that will come to the Community Food Bank to help feed hungry children in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties and we are beyond grateful.” 

“The cooking kits include recipe books, healthy recipe books for kids, cooking kits, an apron, and some resources for the community,” said Darwisa Strabuk, manager of Engagement for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

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Students from the university joined the volunteers from United Way to stuff hundreds of those cooking kits.

“Bringing together these students is training, educating and empowering the next generation to continue on Dr. King’s dream,” said Taylor.

“Dr. Martin Luther King was an important person in our history and it’s great to provide an opportunity for others to follow in his footsteps, and it’s important for us to provide those opportunities to the community,” said Strabuk.

Though King may have spoken of his dream decades ago, all these years later it’s still making a huge impact and bringing organizations like Stockton University, Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey together to do their part in fulfilling his dream. 

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