WACO, TX — Every year on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, organizations and members of the Waco community participate in random acts of kindness.
Even in the midst of the pandemic, people came out to help make their community a better place.
“This is what Martin Luther King, Jr. was all about, volunteerism and making this world a better place,” said Keep Waco Beautiful board member, Ben March.
“I would hope Dr. King would be proud of what his legacy has created. That he would be proud that people care about their communities. So, I hope that Dr. King would be proud and happy that we celebrate him today,” said the Keep Waco Beautiful office manager, Linda Ferrell.
For nine years now, Keep Waco Beautiful has organized a cleanup on MLK Day. Monday, volunteers came out to serve their community by picking up trash along the Brazos River.
“Dr. King did service. He believed in service. He believed in, like I said earlier, helping the community, but also for me it was always more important to give back and give back in so many different ways. Sometimes people think giving is monetary, but it is also giving your time,” said volunteer Curtis Bolden.
Baylor University hosted a drive-thru drop-off donation drive for the One Warm Coat Campaign and pet supplies.
“It’s a perfect day to get out and do something to honor his work and his life. What better way than to get out there and take care of the people around you, take care of your neighbor,” said the Senior Coordinator of Community Service at Baylor University, Doriann Beverly.
“Any time that you have a chance to go out and serve and do your due diligence, I encourage each of you to do so,” said volunteer, Amber Bolden.
The One Warm Coat Campaign and pet supply drive at Baylor will accept donations through Thursday.
If you would like to do donate, you can contact Baylor's Office of Community Engagement and Service at CES@baylor.edu.