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Whitmer, Gilchrist participate in day of service on MLK Day

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 17:09:47-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist joined thousands of Michiganders in participating in a day of service Monday.

Whitmer participated in virtual events with the Heart of West MI United Way in Grand Rapids and remotely helped make blankets to distribute to those without housing, a news release said.

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She also assembled activity kits for youth that must stay in isolation rooms at shelters with Peggy’s Place in Detroit.

“Today we honor a true civil rights icon by giving back to our communities through a day of service,” Whitmer said. “Let us use this month to not only remember the work of Dr. King and other Black activists who walked alongside him, but to also recognize the many Michiganders who continue his work to this day. Although this year looks different, I encourage everyone to find creative ways they can safely give back today and throughout the year.”

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Gilchrist spend the day with Meals on Wheels.

In the morning, he prepared meals for delivery to Detroit residents, and in the afternoon safely delivered additional meals to residents in Flint.

“Dr. King stood here in Michigan 58 years ago and outlined what we can do to help eliminate hate and injustice,” Gilchrist said. “And if we are going to change this state and this country, it will take every one of us stepping up and doing our part. I am honored to do my part on behalf of the state I serve proudly, and I encourage all those who are able to give back, organize and carry on the ideals of Dr. King.”

The Michigan Community Service Commission shared 56 volunteer opportunities for Michiganders to take part in Monday.

More than 5,000 volunteers will serve more than 16,000 volunteer hours to benefit Michigan communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.