BLOOMFIELD, NJ--  600 hygiene kits were assembled a Christ Episcopal Church Saturday to be distributed among seven community organizations helping local residents in need, including Bloomfield Heath and Human Services, Bloomfield Schools, Toni’s Kitchen, The Salvation Army, New Light Baptist Church, Park United Methodist Church and Citadel of Hope Worship Center.

The kits are part of the Bloomfield MLK Day of service initiative. The national King Day of Service started in Philadelphia as a small project in 1996 with 1,000 volunteers. It has become a fast-growing nationwide movement that has worked to break down barriers, form ongoing partnerships, and foster understanding about the legacy of Dr. King, particularly among young people.

Since 1996, over 1,000,000 volunteers across our region have celebrated Dr. King’s legacy by turning their community concerns into volunteer service and ongoing citizen action on King Day and beyond.

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Today's sponsors include: Clara Maass Medical Center, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Knock Knock Give A Sock. Efforts were also supported by philanthropic contributions of Mayor Michael Venezia and the entire town council, along with many residents.

“The Township of Bloomfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service committee has demonstrated its commitment to community through service.  We held three food drives for local pantries and today we safely prepared hygiene kits for families in need. Over the next month volunteers will be bringing cheer to seniors by calling and connecting with them during a time that can be very isolating. I am so proud of how we have come together and demonstrated that we are stronger when we work together,” said Councilwoman Wartyna Davis,  

“I am so proud that during this pandemic our MLK Day committee was able to come up with ways to engage our residents in service projects like preparing these hygiene kits for people in need. In Bloomfield, we answer Dr. King’s question of what we do for others year-round, but following a year of hardship, it is especially meaningful to be able to come together, whether through donations or volunteering, even if just in spirit, to support our community," Councilwoman Jenny Mundell added.