By: Kara Duffy
January 20, 2014
Thomasville, GA- Dozens of volunteers used their Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy he left behind. It was all part of Hands On Thomas County's annual M.L.K. Day of Service.
"He believed that you could make the world a better place and he also believed that people should not go hungry, that people should not be homeless, that people should have access to proper education and so we try to kind of fit our project sites to match those beliefs," said Angela Kiminas, the Executive Director of Hands On Thomas County.
One of those sites was at a house in Thomasville where students from the Scholars Academy Rotary Interact Club joined forces with Habitat for Humanity.
"We have a group of young people who are pulling up linoleum in the house, straightening up bushes and digging up bushes around the house," said Ken Manwaring, Executive Director of Habitat For Humanity.
Over at the Second Harvest of Southwest Georgia, volunteers were busy sorting canned goods and distributing food to those in need.
"It's awesome because they are the future of not only our community, but our country and our world and it's really important that they come out and get involved in the different things that are going on and try different things and really work and find a passion," Kiminas added.
And for now, that passion is honoring Doctor King.
"It makes me humble and makes me feel like I'm being a good leader for my community," said Scholars Academy Student, Kelsey Reddick.
"What he tried to do, lives on in all of us," said Jacob Bruns, also a Scholars Academy Student.
As a way of rewarding the volunteers for their hard work, the Jack Hadley Black History Museum offered free admission to the museum Monday afternoon.
For more information on Hands On Thomas County or to learn about volunteer opportunities in our area, visit: www.handsonthomascounty.org