Not just a holiday: King’s birthday celebrated as a ‘day on,’ not a day off

May. 17, 2013 @ 09:19 PM


On Jan. 19, citizens of Vance, Warren, Granville,and Franklin counties gathered at Area Christians Together in Service, 305 S. Chestnut St., Henderson, for this year’s MLK Service Day/Youth Explosion.

This event was organized as a way to give back and participate in a “day on.” The group consisted of the young and young adult males and females, representing a number of area churches. The group gathered to prepare, serve, gather in fellowship, donate and conduct clean-up.

The group assembled around 10 a.m. to begin preparations. Hot dog lunches were cooked and served with chili, slaw, chips, cookies, and beverages. The students manned their stations and worked to prepare the dining hall and serve the meal. Some students helped assemble donated items that were given to the guests before they left.

A volunteer at the non profit spoke about its ministry, the need and gift of community donations and volunteers. She emphasized volunteer service on Saturdays, pointing out that people are hungry every day. The lunch guests expressed their gratitude for a Saturday meal.

As she did last year, Minister Brenda Rise coordinated this year’s effort. Following the community service activities, community members gathered at Henderson Middle School to be entertained by local youth. The Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr. himself (depicted by Eddie Williams Jr., a high school sophomore) greeted entrants with excerpts from various Dr. King speeches and events. Atty. Nathan Baskerville and Pastor Eddie Williams also gave inspiring words of encouragement.

Those interested in donating to Area Christians Together in Service or serving a Saturday lunch meal can call (252) 492-8231.