Columbus Residents Spend Day Serving

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Many of you were happy to have the day off of work. But for some, the day off, was a day of service. They used this holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

While most of you were sleeping in on your day off from work, a group from Georgia Power volunteered their time here at Second Harvest to help people who need it.

The Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Columbus, Babbs Douglas said, "We had about 18 volunteers here and they packed boxes for out Mobile Pantry. They packed close to 464 boxes of food, so they really helped us out a lot by doing that."

Employees at Georgia Powers spent their morning off filling boxes with canned food collected by the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Douglas told Fox 54, "They are very supportive of their community and they felt like this was an important thing to do. Giving a morning is not that much when you think about the impact it will have."

Second Harvest will use all the boxes packed in their Mobile Pantry program that serves rural counties.

"A lot of times we don't have churches or organizations large enough to maintain a food pantry so we bring the food to the areas," said Douglas.

After all the hard work, Douglas says they will pack up the trucks and help out the community, "When we take our trucks out we can reach 3 to 400 families so that's where these boxes will go."

Each box packed Monday will be sent to an area church or organization that can't afford to have its own food bank. Just an example of how people are giving back on this day of service.