Giving Back on MLK Day

Written by benkincaid on . Posted in Blog

On Monday, January 21st, 2013, Equal Dollars (RHD) took part in Resources for Human Development’s (RHD) 25th Annual Day of Service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, there was an amazing turnout of volunteers of all ages that came together to make a difference. The volunteers along with RHD staff participated in several service projects and activities designed to celebrate Dr. King’s message.

Equal Dollars participated in one of the service projects which supported families suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In lieu of the Equal Dollars Monday Food Distribution Market, which provides discounted food to Equal Dollars members in the Philadelphia area, items like bread, produce and canned goods were donated to Brick Township, New Jersey. This project was done in partnership with Operation Brick Food Relief and RHD New Jersey programs. Food Market manager Ben Kincaid, accompanied by a few intrepid food market volunteers, traveled over an hour and a half to help distribute the food once it arrived in New Jersey.

Back at the RHD Central Office, the day began with a “Reflections” ceremony with vocal performances, dramatic re-enactments of Dr. King’s speeches, a step team performance and a presentation by a civil rights educator. This was followed by service projects where volunteers wrote “thank you” letters and collected donations for military personnel serving overseas, signed up volunteers for a February 28th Red Cross blood drive and completed painting projects in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties. Lastly, a large number of donated children’s books were distributed by volunteers to children who participated in the day and to the RHD homeless shelter for women and children.

Prior to lunchtime, a team of volunteers prepared boxed lunches for other volunteers. Immediately following lunch another team led over one hundred children and adults in a Commemorative March led by a local drill team. The afternoon celebration consisted of vocal performances, spoken word and a re-enactment of the life of Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, the first female aviator of African American descent. Lastly, Dr. King’s speeches were shown throughout the office.

By the end of the day, volunteers had distributed over 200 boxed lunches, 300 children’s books and delivered food to over 80 families in New Jersey who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Over 20 people signed up to donate blood to the Red Cross, volunteers collected several boxes of items donated for military personnel and their families, as well as dozens of “thank you” letters addressed to military personnel.

Equal Dollars and everyone at RHD would once again like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated and volunteered their time and effort to make our 2013 MLK Day of Service a resounding success.

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