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DeSales Celebrates MLK Day of Service

by Janelle Hill Jan 21, 2019

Students, faculty, and staff braved the bone chilling temperatures on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to honor the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. 

Students made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless and filled hospitality bags with hats, gloves, and socks. They’ll visit a warming station in Allentown to personally deliver the packages to those in need.

“It’s always good to volunteer,” says Reilly Carr ’22, who helped to make sandwiches. “Martin Luther King gave a lot to us. So now is our time to give back.” 

Students, faculty, and staff also attended a service workshop to learn ways to advocate for causes they care about most. Participants were split into teams and asked to come up with the best methods of advocacy for the issues of climate change, migration, and global hunger. 

The MLK Day activities are also part of the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, which is being celebrated on campus throughout the week with a number of events, including Salesian bingo, a sign language workshop, Mass, and the president’s State of the University address.