Celebrating MLK's Legacy at Kerr

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

During the weeks leading up to MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 21, the Kerr Family YMCA collected donations from our members to honor Dr. King's legacy and come together for a day of service. 

Members and volunteers were encouraged to donate items to build "Blessing Bags" for the homeless or others in need within the Northeast Raleigh and Wake Forest communities. All items purchased for donation were brought back to the Kerr Y. Then, on MLK Day, everything was organized into individual Blessing Bag packets. Each packet included items such as toothbrushes, hand-warmers, non-perishable foods/snacks and even hand-drawn cards from children in our Playhouse and Funhouse. Volunteers were encouraged to keep the Blessing Bags with them so that they could hand them out to those in need. Many Blessing Bags were also donated to Raleigh Rescue Mission. 

"More than 40 volunteers came out on Monday to build Blessing Bags!" says Jennifer Gleason, the Kerr YMCA's Director of Volunteerism. "Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers who played a part in making it happen."

The Kerr Family YMCA provides opportunities for volunteers all year long. The Togetherhood Committee is a member-led group of volunteers who work to identify and execute opportunities for volunteerism. If you're interested in learning more about volunteering with the Y, contact Jennifer.Gleason@YMCATriangle.org

 "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior