Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day of Service

Monday January 21 from 9:00am-4:00pm

Join us as we unite Lexington and adjacent towns’ communities in reflection and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Social action, educational events, opportunities for meaningful conversations and much more are part of a full day of activities. So take an uplifting and impactful break from your ski day and participate in any of the various family-friendly volunteer activities to serve those less fortunate. For additional information and to sign up to volunteer, visit

Here’s a list of events you can participate in, reflect on, and be inspired by:

9–10:30 a.m. at Grace Chapel –Lexington Human Rights Committee and Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association sponsor a Community Dialogue focusing on Dismantling White Privilege and Institutional Racism in Lexington and Beyond: the 400-year Struggle for Racial Justice. Join teens and adults as they talk about how they’ve encountered or combatted White Privilege and Institutional Racism in our community. There will also be an opportunity to strategize on how to build a more racially equitable community.

11 a.m. Unity Walk from the Lexington Battle Green to Cary Hall. Come and join our community in this fun and symbolic show of unity and solidarity in the name of equality and social justice.
11:15 a.m. at Cary Hall Commemoration Program and Musical Performances – Brief and uplifting performances by Lexington literary performer Regie O’Hare Gibson and the In His Words song and spoken word ensemble, Lexington Student winning essay readings and the Special Needs Arts Program (SNAP) Sing Along Chorus. 

Volunteer activities you can sign up for on the MLK Day of Service website:
9 a.m. –3 p.m. Charitable Donation Drop-offs, at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Donate non-perishable food items, new toys, books, DVDs, CDs, video games and other media, gently-worn kids clothing (winter layers for kids preferred), well-preserved used toys, and monetary donations.
10 a.m. –12 p.m. Cradles to Crayons Task Force, at 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA. Organize, distribute, clean/prep goods for reaching families in need in Boston area (Brighton warehouse).

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sand for Seniors activities around Lexington (weather permitting). Help our senior citizens be safe during the winter season by delivering buckets of Sand for Seniors for winter driveways and walkways.

1-3 p.m. Wood Furniture Donation for MA Coalition for the Homeless at St. Brigid Church basement, 2001 Mass Ave., Lexington. Donate used all-wood furniture like dressers/bureaus, night tables, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables with chairs, and bookshelves and help the homeless get a home.

1–3:30 p.m. YMCA Community Day and Free Clothes Boutique Donations at Waltham YMCA, 725 Lexington St, Waltham. Program of activities for children and adults (games, sports, reading, Zumba, story time, swimming, etc.) including lunch and also accepting donations of gently used clothes and shoes for all ages.

1–4 p.m. Fleece Blanket and Scarf Making at Grace Chapel (Gym), 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Family-friendly activity making warm fleece items with a strongly-encouraged $10 donation per blanket and $5 for scarf + hat is suggested to cover cost.
1–4 p.m. Card-Making at Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant Street, Lexington. Hand craft greeting cards for underserved populations and enjoying performances by the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Gathering for Lexington Seniors: Honoring His Legacy, Continuing His Message of Sharing at Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA. Lexington senior residents are invited for music, refreshments, and reflections on what Martin Luther King means to us personally and to our nation. Guests are asked to bring donations of new, unused items include household cleaning and hygiene products, full-sized bed sheets, coffee mugs, gift cards, art and decor for apartments, or a check made payable to “Bedford Place LLC” with “Veteran Programming” in the memo line.

1:30–3:30 p.m. Making Birthday Party Kits for Homeless Children with Seniors + BINGO! at Waltham Crossing 126 Smith St. Waltham. Join senior residents of Waltham Crossing in preparing birthday party supply kits for homeless children in a family-friendly environment with musical performance by Music Makes Me Happy Chorus.

2–4 p.m. Cookie Decorating and Winter Donation Drop-off for Youth On Fire at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington. Decorate cookies and donate winter wear, public transport Charlie Cards (to help youth get services), gift cards and fresh produce for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Sort and prepare donations for the shelter. Beverages, human treats, dog treats, and raffle tickets available for purchase.

Contact: Pat Costello   781-862-6435

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