4:09 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

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

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.
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.   
Helen Hudson boasts about the variety of groups that help with the drive.

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

Omega Psi Phi brother LeRoy Antoine says they take pride in their service.

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.
Credit James Johnson / WAER News


Vice President of the Greater Syracuse Labor Council Karen Smith explains how the event has grown over the years, and how it helps more than just the needy.

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.