LIVINGSTON, NJ — In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day, Sanskriti of New Jersey School, headquartered in Livingston, organized and hosted its largest service project to date on Sunday at the Livingston Senior and Community Center.

According to organizers, this service project was “a true collaboration between multiple groups,” including the Sanskriti School community and teen volunteers from both the Livingston High School Key Club and from throughout the Livingston community.

Led by LHS freshman Key Club member Rahul Nambiar and members of the community service team at Sanskriti School, nearly 100 volunteers came together in Livingston came together on Sunday to tassel 80 fleece blankets for Project Linus.

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Project Linus, a non-profit organization, donates an average of 350 blankets per year to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets in order to provide those children with love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort. These blankets are typically collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters and social service agencies.

“We are very grateful to the families of Sanskriti School, members of Sanskriti of NJ, Key Club members and all of the volunteers for they time, effort, hard work and generous contributions,” said Sangeetha Nayak from Sanskriti. “We also thank our enthusiastic teachers, parents and volunteers who continue to create an environment for our children to learn, participate in and appreciate the importance of community service.”

Following a presentation from Nambiar about Project Linus, volunteers wrote note cards with words of encouragement while also tasseling 80 blankets in less than two hours. 

Livingston resident are encouraged to participate in the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion’s (LCDI) signature event, the MLK Day of Service, on Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lower level of the Livingston Senior and Community Center, where participants will contribute to various service projects benefiting numerous local causes. 

CLICK HERE to read more about this year's list of MLK Day service projects.