Volunteers Spend MLK Holiday Helping Others in Arlington

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    What better way to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life than to dedicate a day to service? (Published Monday, Jan 21, 2013)

    What better way to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. than to dedicate a day to service?

    Scores of volunteers spread across Arlington Monday finding ways to help others. They packed up and delivered canned goods to needy families, landscaped neighborhoods and picked up litter around the city.

    “It looks small, but everything happens starting from the small thing," said Ganga Ban, who was one of the many who volunteered during Arlington’s MLK Day of Service.

    “If no one picks [the trash] up then it will always be degrading and looking bad, so it's important for everybody to think about what a little piece can do in the bigger picture,” said Anne Adiele.

    The hope is that it can make a real life difference.

    “We've made a ton of progress,” said Rachel Logue, who, along with about a dozen others, landscaped a portion of an east Arlington neighborhood that had long been neglected.

    The progress that they made, Logue was quick to point out, was beyond color or race. There were people of all races and ethnicities volunteering.

    It was all about action.

    “It shows unification and we're all trying to work on one message,” said Adiele.

    Arlington schools Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, who was also volunteering his time, said it's a message students can carry with them beyond this one day.

    “This will be a lifelong skill that once they graduate from high school they'll take this from our school district giving back to the community,” said Cavazos. “Truly, that's the spirit of this holiday is to be of service to others.”

    “I believe that Martin Luther King wanted everyone, as far as being treated equally – we can all be equal if we all do our part and help each other,” said volunteer Sabrina Cannon.