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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: December 30, 2010


Local Volunteers Mark 25th Anniversary of King Holiday by Serving Others

Georgetown, Delaware - THOUSANDS of Sussex County residents are expected to turn out on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday to make the annual Day of Service a day on, not a day off by volunteering to do a long term food drive project

The RSVP Advisory Council has planned a day of service that will leverage the strength of local citizens to help tackle local problems. Volunteers in Sussex County will join hundreds of thousand of Americans who are participating in MLK Day of Service projects in all fifty states. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday - a day that honors Dr. King's legacy and commitment to transforming our nation through service to others. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to help realize King's dream of equality and opportunity and to take action to solve problems in their communities.

Dr. King's life of service continues to inspire us more than 40 years after his death," said MaryAnn Hook, RSVP Director. "There is no more fitting way to honor Dr. King's memory than by serving others, particularly those most in need. As Dr. King himself said, "Life's most urgent and persistent question is what are you doing for others?"

The food drive will start in January and conclude the end of March 2011. Food collected will be distributed to the Sussex County State Service Center Food Closets to assist with their emergency food request.

The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide. For further information about MLK Day of Service and what's taking place across the country, visit at

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service each year through its core programs, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Visit for more information.

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