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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

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mlk2_color.jpgMonday, January 15
Three Opportunities to Volunteer
All activities will take place from 9:30 am to noon.

St. John’s will carry on its tradition of observing the Martin Luther King holiday not as a day to feast or shop, but to serve the community. The Missions Committee has organized three activities, to appeal to a large number of people and various ages and abilities.

1. Make Grab & Go bags for families at the Ronald McDonald House
We will be making Grab & Go bags for families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Washington D.C. while their child is in the hospital. These bags will be filled with nonperishable food items purchased by the Missions Committee. This activity will take place in Shears Hall and is especially appropriate for families with young children.

2. Help organize SHARE’s Food and Clothing Rooms
We are seeking volunteers to work in both SHARE’s food and clothing rooms located at the McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road in the center of McLean. There will be two shifts from 9:00 am to noon. Each shift can only accommodate about 8 people, so sign up early on the sheet on the Missions Bulletin Board in Shears Hall. This activity is especially appropriate for adults and older children and teens.

3. Knit or crochet red caps for newborns and preemies
Our caps will go to the Arlington American Heart Association Chapter. An old-time knitting bee will take place in Shears Hall, so people of all ages and skills can work and socialize. If possible, come prepared with knitting needles sizes 6 or 8 or crochet hooks sizes F and G and red yarn. (On the sign up sheet in Shears Hall, you can indicate if you need needles or yarn or can contribute or lend items.) Parishioners who want to get off to an early start can check the AHA website for information, instructions, and patterns.

These are good opportunities for families with teenagers and above to help important local charities that help those in need who live among us. Questions may be directed to Jayne Swanson through the Parish Office, 703-356-4902.