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MLK Day of Service projects designed to help others

Projects large and small were part of the Homewood-Flossmoor area’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service celebration on Monday, Jan. 17.

The Village of Flossmoor hosted 16 different projects. Whether done individually or as group, each project meant an outstretched hand to help others.

One of the biggest initiatives from a Build-A-Bed project hosted by the Flossmoor Community Relations Commission (see story on page 12). More than 60 donors gave blood at the Omega Psi Phi fraternity Inc. Chi Lambda Lambda chapter. Others gathered at Heather Hill Elementary School to make blankets and pack sandwiches for those served by Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS).

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Homewood District 153 students put out a call for donations for Respond Now, the South Suburban Humane Society and Anew and for three hours residents dropped off a variety of needed items.

“It’s important to provide for those in need,” said donor Carol Humm of Homewood.

There were volunteers cleaning the grounds of a school, making Valentine cards for shut-ins, donating baked goods for first responders and collecting food and clothing items.

And Flossmoor Mayor Michelle Nelson invited young musicians to perform a concert to benefit Respond Now.

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