JUNEAU - To make Martin Luther King Day a "day on, not a day off," the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association will mark the holiday leading a Community Needs Drive throughout Juneau beginning Dec. 26 and until Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The project will bring together students, parents, teachers, AmeriCorps members and senior volunteers to collect donations from boxes at several local businesses: Super Bear, Wal-Mart, Alaskan & Proud market, Rainbow Foods, SERRC and the Mendenhall Mall.
A celebration will take place to thank the community, distribute the donations to various nonprofits, and celebrate diversity and community development in Juneau.
This service project is one of hundreds of activities that states and cities are organizing to honor the legacy of Dr. King. In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, directing the King Center and the Corporation for National and Community Service to carry out a day of service reflecting Dr. King's life and teachings. For more information about the national day of service, visit www.mlkday.gov.