Dozens Honor MLK Jr's Legacy With Day of Service to Help the Needy

Jan 20, 2014

Dozens of people packed into a Syracuse union hall Monday morning with the less fortunate on their minds.  This year's Martin Luther King Junior holiday marks the 14th annual day of service food and clothing drive. 

Volunteers sort clothes and pack boxes at the food and clothing drive.
Volunteers sort clothes and pack boxes at the food and clothing drive.
Credit James Johnson / WAER News
 Volunteers  sorted donations, packed boxes, and loaded cars.  Helen Hudson is the AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison with the United Way, which organize the drive.   

One of the fraternities on hand was Omega Psi Phi.   This is Brother Leroy Antoine's second year.   

Volunteers like Antoine used their day off school or work to contribute to the cause. 

A volunteer loads a car with one of 300 boxes of food and clothes heading to area shelters and food pantries.
A volunteer loads a car with one of 300 boxes of food and clothes heading to area shelters and food pantries.
Credit James Johnson / WAER News

 

By the time the drive was over, volunteers had packed up 300 boxes of food and clothing to be sent to men’s and women’s shelters across the region.