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Martin Luther King Day at Gifts to Give January 20 2013

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Published on Jan 21, 2013

The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Center for Civic Engagement organized a Day of Service at the Gifts to Give center on Cove Street in New Bedford to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King who called for all people to become involved in voluntary giving to their community. Over eighty young people from Fall River joined over 600 people from nearly 40 similar groups from New Bedford and the surrounding communities to learn more about the meaning of Dr. King's call from Gifts to Give founder and executive director Jim Stevens, Domino's Pizza owner Nelson Hockert-Lotz, UMassD Campus Compact Director Lee Blake, UMD Chancellor Dr. Divina Grossman and New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell. The volunteers then split up into groups to help with sorting clothing, books, toys and thousand of items that have been given to the organization to "re-purpose" for those in need. For more information, go to www.south-coast-serves.org.

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