Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a federal holiday that is observed as a national day of service. It’s a “day on, not a day off” and an opportunity for people to join together to help serve others. YAC celebrates this day and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memory by implementing service projects that will help others in their community.
For MLK Day of Service 2017, YAC completed three service projects. “Project Warm Hearts” was an initiative to help children in Ionia and Montcalm counties during the winter months by making fleece, no sew scarves. The scarves were made by YACers and residents at Green Acres, then were distributed to children in need by IM Kids 3rd Meal.
The YACers also made “Capes for Kids”, a project that is aimed at helping children in shelters. The YACers made superhero capes for children so that they can be their own superhero. The capes are designed to give the wearer confidence as well as comfort.
For their final project, the YACers also packaged dental hygiene kits for kids who receive meals from IM Kids 3rd Meal. this initiative was supported by local dentists and the kids were able to pack 500 kits to be delivered to those in need.