Hundreds of people commemorate MLK day by giving back


Monday afternoon, more than 100 volunteers spent their day off, giving back.

“We’re all about volunteering and giving back.”

Kathy Victorian said, being able to service the community while living Dr. King’s dream, is special.

“When we come together as individuals, volunteering for the better good of the community. The end result is nothing but spectacular” said Victorian.

In two and a half hours, the group reached an impeccable milestone.

“We’re packing roughly forty-thousand meals for people with food insecurities here in the Baton Rouge area.”

The work consisted of scooping up and packaging ingredients. Mike Tipton with Blue Cross Blue Shield said, it wasn’t a typical service event, it was a party with a purpose.

“It’s a food packing party. It starts with the raw ingredients that are then packed into a sealed bag that’s then tossed back to a packer. It’s then put in a box, ultimately for distribution to varies food banks facilities throughout the Baton Rouge are through the Baton Rouge food bank” said Tipton.

To the sound of music, packaged items were tossed across the room.

“It’s a little bit of organized chaos but a lot of fun.”

People from all ages got the chance to join in on the fun. Victorian said, although it seemed like a party. Doctor King’s message of togetherness and giving back was the overall message.

“Volunteering is so big in the community and why not start them young. Show them what we’re doing.”

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