MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Fire Department, Montclair State University Center for Community Engagement, volunteers from AmeriCorps and several local volunteers braved the cold on Monday to help others in the community.

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday, this Martin Luther King Day of Service was spent providing the Montclair community with fire prevention information by going door to door to hand out fire safety literature.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a national initiative to engage the community in helping others in their community and beyond. The Corporation for National and Community Service describes the initiative as a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative that calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

Montclair Fire Department members took the time to install smoke detectors in homes and businesses that need them while the volunteers went door-to-dor and business to business alongside them, giving out fire prevention literature.

Samira Johnson of Orange was in search of a community service activity to participate in with her young son. She wanted to teach him the value of serving others and decided to join the Montclair Firefighters and MSU on their mission. 

Johnson said, "This was the best observed MLK Jr Day we ever had! We spent part of the day in service, working with the Montclair Fire Dept as well as some students from Montclair State University handing out literature to local residents and businesses ensuring they have working smoke detectors." She expresed gratitude to Deputy Chief Brian Wilder and the MSU volunteers for making the day of service so special.