Day of service honors King's legacy
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Commemorate the spirit of service that was engendered by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through several community service projects on campus, from sorting and packing donations to making valentines for veterans, building birthday bags for food pantries to distribute to children and making fleece blankets for those in hospitals. Benedictine stresses the importance of caring for the other, and as such, makes many efforts throughout the year to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those in need. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for participants to honor the civil rights leader by giving of themselves in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Volunteers can participate in the following service projects on campus: • Donate blood to the American Red Cross. • Make valentines for veterans. • Write letters to members of the armed forces. • Make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House (please bring 2 yards of fleece material). • Build-A-Bear for the Ronald McDonald House at Edwards Hospital. • Create room decorations for hospital patients. • Organize birthday bags for children served by local food pantries. • Construct bird feeders for the elderly. • Contribute to a bicycle drive (bikes in need of repair accepted) for DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). • Pack a backpack with personal hygiene items (deodorant, lip balm, twin-blade razors, shaving cream, hair brush, etc.) for DuPage PADS. All are welcome to volunteer, but children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For those who cannot make it to the event but would still like to contribute, the University is accepting donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new small toys and books. Items can be dropped off from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Room 020, or taken after 5:00 p.m. to the Benedictine University Police office, located in the lower-level of the parking garage. Those participating in the day of service are also welcome to bring items for donation on the day of the event. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at jhenehan@ben.edu or (630) 829-6617.