Members of the community celebrate MLK Day across the Valley

Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. MLK Event (Source: WTVM)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. MLK Event (Source: WTVM)
Midtown Medical Center MLK Commemorative Service (Source: WTVM)
Midtown Medical Center MLK Commemorative Service (Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed in different ways. For some, it's a day of relaxation and for others, a day of community service.

Columbus Parks and Recreation hosted its annual MLK Day of Service Project.

Organizers along with the community decorated bowls for the upcoming empty bowl event.

The annual fundraiser helps in the fight against hunger in the Chattahoochee Valley. All decorated bowls will be sold, and the funds will be donated to help feed nearly 25,000 meals to hungry and needy children in Columbus and Phenix  City.

One organization in Columbus used its sorority as a gateway and opportunity help those in need. Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. fed the homeless in the community.

"We came up with the idea that rather than let the homeless go without a meal, we would feed them this day, some of the people we serve really need the meal," said Uretha Gilmer, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

There were smiles of gratitude from visitors as three chapters of the organization came together at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church.

The event holds a deeper meaning for some members of the sorority.

"Every year we come out here and lend a helping hand whether it's passing out food, giving out drinks and goodie bags, and just fellowshipping with the people of this community, said sorority member Lyndsey Graddick.

Today marks the third year the organization has hosted the event. Today is also the sorority's 110th Founders Day.

Midtown Medical Center also hosted an event to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday.

The guest speaker of the commemorative service was Pastor Bryan Loritts, the senior pastor of Abundant Life Church in California.

Loritts spoke along the lines of 'pulling everyone together as one'.

"So the best thing you can do is get to know someone who doesn't look like, act like, think like. or vote like you," said Loritts.

Several people attended the service.

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