LIVINGSTON, NJ — Residents of the Livingston area are invited to participate in the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion’s (LCDI) signature event, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service, on Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lower level of the Livingston Senior and Community Center.

Each year, the LDCI urges residents to look at MLK Day as “a day on, not a day off,” by participating in various service projects benefiting numbers local causes.

Following brunch provided by Ike's Bagel Café at 11 a.m., Mayor Rudy Fernandez and LCDI co-chair Billy Fine will deliver remarks around noon, resident Steve Delman will give a speech about MLK, and Brian O'Shea will recite some of Dr. King's speeches. The event’s keynote speaker will be announced soon.

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Donations are being accepted this year as follows:

  • The LCDI will collect food donations for CHOW;
     
  • Livingston Home/School Associations and Parent-Teacher Associations will collect new school supplies;
     
  • The West Essex YMCA will collect fleece blankets for seniors;
     
  • The Livingston Lions Club will collect eyeglasses (and provide vision screenings); and
     
  • Residents Charlotte and Jasmine Heilpern will collect donated items for the Livingston Animal Shelter.

During the event, the Livingston Kiwanis Club will be assembling kits to support veterans and others experiencing homelessness; Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be making PB&J sandwiches; and Troop 28 South Mountain, BPSA will be making animal toys for local animal shelters.

Additional projects include voter registration by the Livingston League of Women Voters, an anti-bullying poster contest conducted by the Livingston Police Department, a robotics demo by the Livingston Robotics Club, on-site community surveys with the Vision 20/20 Committee, and much more.

Boy Scout Troop 16 will assist with setup and cleanup, and the Livingston Girl Scouts will conduct their Scout Projects.

The program will conclude with a march around the inside of the building, with all in attendance singing “We Shall Overcome.”

A complete, up-to-date list of organizations attending and projects planned can be found at www.livingstonnj.org, or contact LCDI.LivingstonNJ@gmail.com for more information