LINDEN – Parents and children joined Linden Councilman Derek Armstead to sort through clothes collected for families in need in Linden on Monday, Jan. 21, as part of the Project Helping Hands MLK Day of Service. Armstead thanked the volunteers and noted that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
The Linden councilman joined Americans from all across the country in answering President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative. Volunteers registered online for the Linden event using the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s National Day Of Service website.
“As a community leader, I have learned that change happens when individuals take responsibility for one another and their communities,” Armstead said. “ Project Helping Hands MLK Day of Service was created as a way of transforming Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life and teaching into community actions. Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live. “
“It is never too early to start teaching our children to take responsibility not only for themselves, but for other people,” Armstead added. “The young people who participated in this community project learned the importance of community service and how their actions impact other families.”