|Posted by Raye Kimberlin on January 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM|
Contributed By: Sue Kiesewetter | Enquirer contributor
A Day On, not a Day Off is the theme of Lebanon’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16.
Along with an evening program, organizers are encouraging community members to honor King’s legacy by assisting those in need.
“We wanted to offer service opportunities and raise awareness,’’ said Raye Kimberlin, member of the Martin Luther King Coalition of Lebanon.
“We’re trying to connect with different agencies and churches to build unity and promote collaboration.”
Toward that goal the coalition is teaming with Bethel A.M.E. Church to offer several volunteer activities at the Lebanon church, 111. N. Cherry St. From noon to 4 p.m. the church will accept the following donations of items or services on behalf of county organizations:
*Bring new stuffed animals, juice boxes, individually wrapped snacks, art supplies and paper products to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Warren County. It serves more than 1,000 abused children each year.
*Donate unwanted and expired coupons to send to military families. Military members are allowed to use expired coupons up to six months past the expiration date.
*Bring personal hygiene items so that Fresh Start Kits can be created for local shelters. Items needed for the kits include soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream and razors.
*Donate coloring books and crayons for use by the Hospice Center of Butler/Warren County. The center uses more than 200 coloring books each month and is running low.
*Bring Diamond brand pet food, blankets, towels, flea shampoo, plastic cat toys, pepr towels, plain Milk bones and other items for use by the Humane Society.
*Stuff envelopes for The Council on Child Abuse. The group provides Don’t Shake a Baby information kits that are sent to hospitals, schools and doctors’ offices.
*Register to vote or fill out a change of address form if you’ve moved.
*Volunteer to help with sorting, packing and transporting items collected. Shifts are available from noon to 2 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.
Lebanon Presbyterian Church is also in need of volunteers to help prepare food and cleanup afterward for a community meal it provides for those in need. The meal runs from 5-6:30 p.m., at the church, 123 N. East St. Desserts are also needed. Contact the church at 513-932-2751.
There will also be a 7 p.m., program in the auditorium at Lebanon Junior High School, 160 Miller Road. The Martin Luther King Community Choir will perform. Service Drum awards will be presented along with introduction of student essay winners.