Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off,” according to a Family Support Center press release.
Quoting King, the release stated, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
Partnering with students from Evan’s Hairstyling College, UServe Utah, and Ben Sowards from SUU Art Department, the Family Support Center of Southwestern Utah provided free family portraits for families who utilize services at the Family Support Center and other members of the community, the release said.
The portraits will be provided through a grant from the Corporation of National & Community Service seeking to uphold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commitment to service.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spread messages of peace, love and forgiveness,” according to the release. “The Family Support Center staff feels that a family portrait is a symbol these values and a reminder of the goal to develop and cherish values of love and forgiveness within families.”
Through the grant, the staff wanted to be able to provide this symbolic representation for families. Many community volunteers also helped organize the Family Support Center’s Donation Center which is currently housed in two storage units donated by Cedar Storage.
The Family Support Center accepts clothing donations and distributes them to children in need, including those in foster care, the release stated.
“Although it was close to freezing temperatures outside, nearly 50 community volunteers worked tirelessly sorting and organizing shoes and clothing,” according to the release.
For more information on the Family Support Center and the services they provide or to volunteer please call (435) 586-0791.