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Hunger doesn’t end with the holiday season.  It’s a year-round problem affecting thousands of families in our region, and this Monday you have the opportunity to make a difference.

HandsOn West Central Ohio, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is teaming up with Hits 105.5 for its second annual Martin Luther King Day food drive.  This drive, which collected more than one ton of food for local food pantries in its first year, will be held this Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Items especially needed include canned meats, peanut butter, cereal, soups, and more.  Collection points will be available locally this Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tipp City Foodtown, The Backyard Bistro, Ulbrich’s, Troy Kroger and Piqua Kroger.  Proceeds will benefit Bethany Center, Darke County FISH, Holy Angels Soup Kitchen and Our Daily Bread.  All items collected in Miami County will stay in Miami County.

Great goals can be achieved when many people get together with each person doing a small part,” says event co-chair and RSVP volunteer Nancy Sharp of Piqua.  “A quote that is attributed to Dr. King is ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?’  How fitting to spend the day celebrating Dr. King’s birthday in a way that helps others!”

Volunteers of all ages are still needed to staff collection barrels at sites throughout Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties.  Additional volunteers are needed to pick up, sort and deliver food following the event.  This year’s event is co-chaired by RSVP volunteers Mary Williston of Zanesfield and Nancy Sharp of Piqua.  Register to volunteer by calling (937) 778-5220, ext. 461, before 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 16th.

A national day of volunteer service, the Martin Luther King Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. The aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned.  A record number of Americans honored Dr. King and answered President Obama’s call to service by volunteering last year.  Americans made it “a day on, not a day off” by delivering meals, refurbishing schools, reading to children, signing up mentors, and much, much more.

HandsOn West Central Ohio, a program of Council on Rural Services, is proud to be a part of this national effort.  To view a list of collection points or to learn more about HandsOn West Central Ohio, visit www.handsonwestcentralohio.org or call (937) 778-5220, ext. 461.


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