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Save-The-Date: Monday, January 20, 2020 
for Lexington’s 7th Annual MLK Day of Service

Join us as we unite our Lexington and adjacent towns’ communities in reflection and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Social action, educational events, opportunities for meaningful conversations and much more are part of a full day of activities. Take an impactful break from your ski day, shake those winter chills and participate any of the various family-friendly volunteer activities to serve those less fortunate! To sign up to volunteer and for more info visit http://www.lexingtonmlk.org.

Here’s a list of events you can participate in, reflect on, and be inspired by:

From 9-10:30 (doors at 8:30) at Grace Chapel, The Town of Lexington Human Rights Committee presents the annual Community Conversation on Race. This year's focus is; "The Necessity of Discussing Race and Racism with Your Own Family at Home"; Featuring expert guidance by carefully selected lecturers, the presentation will also include the opportunity to join with your friends and neighbors to strategize and support one another in this journey with the shared goal of raising the next generation of thoughtful global citizens who are prepared for the 21st century economy.

11 a.m. Unity Walk from the Minuteman Statue at the Lexington Battle Green to Cary Memorial Hall. Come and join our community in this fun and symbolic show of unity and solidarity in the name of equality and social
justice.

11:15 a.m. at Cary Hall Commemoration Program and Musical Performances – Brief and uplifting performances by Lexington literary performer Regie O’Hare Gibson, Middle School essayists and the Special Needs Arts Program (SNAP) Sing Along Chorus.

Here are the list of volunteer activities you can sign up for on the MLK Day of Service website:

9 a.m. –3 p.m. Charitable Donation Drop-offs, at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Donate non-perishable food items for the Lexington Food Pantry; new toys for Birthday Wishes; books, DVDs, CDs, video games and other media for More Than Words; gently-worn kids clothing (winter layers for kids preferred), well-preserved used toys for Cradles to Crayons; new twin-size blankets and comforters of any color and any fabric for the MA Coalition for the Homeless, and monetary donations to keep our Day of Service impactful and vibrant.

1:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m. Cradles to Crayons Task Force, at 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA. Organize, distribute, clean/prep goods for reaching families in need in Boston area (Brighton warehouse).

1-3 p.m. Teens and Adults for In-Home Help for Seniors. Help seniors with small odd jobs in and around their  homes like changing smoke detector batteries, changing hard-to-reach light bulbs, boxing up books or other
giveaway items, raking, clearing snow from walkways, etc. Please note: seniors will provide the materials (batteries, light bulbs, etc.), the teens will provide the labor. 

11:30–2:00 p.m. YMCA Community Day and Free Clothes Boutique Donations at Waltham YMCA, 725 Lexington St, Waltham. Join a program of activities for children and adults (games, sports, reading, Zumba, story time, swimming, etc.) including lunch. Also seeking and accepting donations of gently used clothes and shoes for all ages for our complementary Free Clothes Boutique. Underprivileged families residing in Waltham and other communities’ hotels and shelters are invited to participate.

1–4 p.m. Fleece Blanket, Hat, and Scarf Making at Grace Chapel (Fellowship Hall), 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Family-friendly activity making warm fleece items for adult residents at the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham and the children sheltering at Citizens Inns in Peabody. A strongly-encouraged $10 donation per blanket and $5 for scarf + hat is suggested to cover cost.

1–4 p.m. Card-Making at Grace Chapel (Fellowship Hall), 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Hand craft greeting cards for underserved populations such as Veterans, hospitalized children, and differently-abled adults, while enjoying performances by the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus and other local talented musical performers.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Day Gathering for Lexington Seniors: Honoring His Legacy, Continuing His Message of Sharing at Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA. Lexington senior residents are invited for music, refreshments, Middle School essayists, games with teens, and reflections on what Martin Luther King means to us personally and to our nation.

3-5 p.m. Cookie Decorating and Winter Donation Drop-off for Youth On Fire at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington. Decorate cookies and donate winter wear, public transport Charlie Cards (to help youth get services), gift cards and fresh produce for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Sort and prepare donations for the shelter. Beverages, treats, and raffle tickets available for purchase.