Communities Hold Martin Luther King Jr ‘Day of Service’ Events Across the U.S. Amid Pandemic

Volunteers with Hands On Atlanta participating in the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. | Hands On Atlanta

In addition to being a federal holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is widely observed as a “Day of Service” for countless charitable actions and events across the United States.

This year, the first time the observance has fallen during a pandemic, groups are still holding events aimed at improving their communities, albeit with public health guidelines in mind.

One example is Hands on Atlanta, which has been organizing Day of Service events for over 20 years, with numerous projects taking place this year.

Hands on Atlanta Education Programs Director Chanika Perry told The Christian Post that for her organization, they actually began observing the Day of Service on Thursday with charitable events going on through Monday.

“Hands On Atlanta’s mission is to mobilize the Atlanta community to tackle our city’s most pressing needs, making the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service a natural fit for us. The day has always been a day on, not a day off,” said Perry.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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