WESTAMPTON, NJ-- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day to celebrate the birth of the civil rights giant. It is also the only federal holiday designated as a "national day of service" to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities, engage in public service and promote peaceful social change.

There are several ways Burlington County residents can volunteer and serve to honor Martin Luther King, Jr's legacy on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which takes place on Monday, January 18. 

Burlington County will be holding its 15th Annual "MLK Day Challenge" this year, but, due to the ongoing pandemic, the event will be drop-off only at the Burlington County Library's Main Branch, located at 5 Pioneer Boulevard in Westampton, on Monday, January 18 from 10AM to 3PM.

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Residents can drop off donations for the following organizations:

  • Oaks Integrated Food Pantry. The Mount-Holly based food pantry serves Burlington County residents and is asking for donations including peanut butter and jelly, breakfast items such as oatmeal and cereal, kid-friendly snacks such as granola bars, canned meat and fish, microwaveable foods such as easy macaroni and cheese and Chef Boyardee, and canned fruits and vegetables.
  • Burlington County Animal Shelter. The shelter is looking for donations of Frontline, canned dog food, HE laundry detergent, dry dog food, towels, blankets, sheets, dog treats, pillow cases, wash rages, dog toys (especially plastic or rubber), antibacterial hand soap and hand sanitizer, canned cat food, dry cat food, paper towels, brooms, scrub brushes, cat toys (plastic), fabric softener sheets, non-clumping cat litter, bleach and plug-in room fresheners.
  • Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey. The organization supports the US military forces serving in the Middle East in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. Items requested and appreciated include Tasty Kakes, protein/energy bars, protein powder, Girl Scout cookies, 5-Hour Energy products, Mio liquid water enhancer, Rice Krispy treats, bagged tuna and chicken, chewing gum, hard candy, dry roasted peanuts/nut mixes, potato chips in cylinders or cans, Chapstick, Crystal Light drink mix (individual packets), powdered drink mix (such as Gatorade), Puffs/Kleenex tissues, hand sanitizer, puzzle or crossword books, batteries (AA, AAA, C and D), hand-held electronic games (such as poker, bingo, etc.), foot powder, sunscreen, Skittles, Swedish Fish, Twizzlers, breakfast bars, Slim Jims, ground coffee, tea, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. In addition, Operation Yellow Ribbon is seeking specialty items for women, including shampoo and conditioner, moisturizing bath soap, ladies deodorant, body lotion, emery boards, small hand mirrors, shower sponges/loofahs, body wash, q-tips and feminine hygiene products.

Greeting cards are also being collected for residents of assisted living facilities. 

All donations may be dropped off in the Library's parking lot. For questions or more information, call (856) 222-9311, Ext. 1492 or e-mail volcenter@hotmail.com.

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