Martin Luther King day activities planned by the Livingston group

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion has announced a list of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events – from volunteer activities and arts and crafts to a remote demonstration of the way to cook a meal to give to your neighbors.

The activities, scheduled for this Monday, can be done safely with social distancing. Many events are for all ages.

The events “will celebrate and honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting a day of service,” the group said in a statement. “Our theme this year is Caring for the Community.

Due to concerns related to Covid, the programs have been divided into two parts:

Virtual and service project collections

  1. Virtual – visit Facebook.com/LCDINJ:

2. Service Project Collections, 1 pm to 3 pm at Livingston City Hall, 357 S. Livingston Ave. :

Safe distance service opportunities are available for Livingston residents of all ages. LCDI has partnered with several local groups and organizations to help coordinate service projects. The following organizations will participate:

  1. The Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West will be collecting winter kits for MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity), an NJ organization that helps local pantries. Residents are encouraged to donate complete winter kits, which should include new socks, hand warmers, travel tissue packs, lip balm, hot chocolate packets and tea bags, the all in a Ziploc type gallon bag.

  2. The Kiwanis Club will collect items to use in homeless hygiene kits. Residents are asked to donate socks, hats, gloves, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and body lotion (sample size, if applicable). Complete kits in ziplock type gallon bags are welcome.

  3. The Lions Club will be collecting $ 25 and $ 50 ShopRite gift cards to donate to LNHN for distribution to needy families in our community.

  4. Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN) will collect the following items that are needed from the local pantry: toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, rice, tomato sauce, canned tuna, chicken noodle soup, cooking oil, canned fruit and children’s snack. They will also collect individually sealed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in ziplock-type bags. Additionally, LNHN will be accepting donations of baked ziti from Virtual Cooking Program participants earlier today, which will be distributed to those who are food insecure in our community.

  5. West Essex YMCA – Togetherhood Committee will be collecting old t-shirts, which will be used to create dog toys.

  6. Young Men Service of Livingston (YMSL) will be collecting lightly worn coats for the homeless. The Youth Men’s Service League (ymsl.org) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire high school mothers and sons to volunteer and serve those in need.

  7. The Livingston Police Department will be collecting entries from 8½ “x 11” school-aged children for the LPD Anti-Bullying Poster Contest. More information is available at livingstonnj.org/1502/Poster-Contest.

  8. The League of Women Voters will offer eligible people the opportunity to register to vote.

Members of the Girl Scouts and the National Charity League will support the various organizations in their fundraising efforts throughout the day.

“Making the time to volunteer for MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring Dr. King’s legacy,” the group said. “Every act of kindness towards those less fortunate in our great community makes all the difference.”

For more information, contact LCDI Co-Chairs Alyse Berger Heilpern and Saba Khan at [email protected]

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