Chelsea IrizarryJan 15, 2018, 9:01 pmJan 15, 2018, 9:01 pm

Volunteers work to feed struggling families for MLK Jr. Day of Service

Long Islanders honor Dr. King by helping families beaten down by poverty


EAST HILLS — Hundreds across Long Island are giving back to those in need, hoping to make a difference all in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

As volunteer Destiny Passtino puts it, “some people don’t have what everyone else has,” which is why she and hundreds of others gave back on Monday at the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center. More than 250 volunteers lined up ready to service those in need and make a difference on Long Island during the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

In honor of Dr, King Jr., Long Islanders of all ages packaged food and personal care items for people struggling with food insecurity and poverty. Volunteers also assembled over 20,000 meals to send overseas to places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The day of giving back is made possible by the UJA Federation with more than 2,000 New Yorkers participating in more than 40 service projects across the state, all in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

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