Hundreds in midstate to participate in MLK Day of Service

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jan 16, 2017 3:56 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Charles Kelly

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968. The following day King was assassinated on his motel balcony.

(Harrisburg) -- For many, today is a day off from work, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

But hundreds of people are expected to come together to make it a day full of volunteering.

There are projects all over the midstate, as part of the MLK Day of Service.

One project in York is set up to visit residents in a nursing home and keep them company for the day.

At Lancaster County's YMCA, they have a deep cleaning planned all day.

In the Harrisburg area, volunteers will be cleaning out stalls that one nonprofit uses for keep their therapy horse.

Eileen Jacobs-Crummel, one of the oragnizers of the Harrisburg events, says there's a bigger purpose behind the day.

"I was raised in Harrisburg, I went to school in Harrisburg. It's just a way of giving back, and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and his dream," she says.

Jacobs-Crummel says for nonprofits that always need more help than they have, the MLK Day of Service is a boost.

"Having people come in and still contributing and helping on that day just gives them a positive feeling that somebody was out there to still help on their day off," she adds.

Projects are running all day in the midstate.

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