Surrounding communities celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service activities. Students and community members at Murray State University collected and delivered supplies for area non-profits. Anita Chitule with MSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs says around 60 people donated items and helped sort and deliver them.
“We had some international students that came to help us today. Three girls, they’re from Iran. So they came and helped and wanted to know if they could go out and pass the food out. They came ready to serve today. And… it made my heart full because that’s what we are looking for, is people just to come with open hearts and just to help wherever they can,” Chitule said.
Chitule says her office has a 60 For 60 project to encourage students to perform sixty service projects during the 2015-2016 school year to commemorate 60 years of integration at Murray State.
“Dr. Martin Luther King was about giving to people and making sure that you’re not only taking care of yourself but taking care of those around you,” Chitule said. “And that’s what we hope to carry on and that’s what Murray State hopes to carry on.
Volunteers also collected supplies for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Nashville, which offers free housing to cancer patients and their families.