Campbell plans service opportunities for Martin Luther King Day

January 14, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Buies Creek, N.C.- Campbell University students can reach out to the community and the world by participating in the annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service on Jan. 18. In response to the recent tragedy in Haiti, the Multicultural Council, sponsor of MLK activities at Campbell, has created a fundraising opportunity to help the victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake. Students may obtain fundraising containers through the Red Cross at the Information Registration desk in the Oasis Grill of the Wallace Student Center.

According to Dr. Brenda Jamerson, chair of Campbell's Multicultural Council, students can chose from a variety of other activities as well and are even encouraged to come up with service opportunities of their own.

"In the words of Dr. King, ‘Everyone can be great because everyone can serve," said Jamerson, director of Campbell's Pharmacy Research Center. "That could be in small ways like taking out an elderly person's trash, or in bigger ways like donating blood or repairing houses."

Among the list of activities planned for MLK Day is donating blood at the bloodmobile located near the Rumley Center on campus between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Those who are interested can also register to be a bone marrow donor while they are there. Health screenings and vaccinations for the H1N1 virus are also being offered in the Oasis grill at the Wallace Student Center. Students and other individuals can also register to vote at the same location. Furthermore, students can get involved in an environmental cleanup project led by Dr. Michael Larsen, professor of Environmental Science at Campbell. The clean up project will kick off on January 18 and run through Jan. 21. For more information, interested parties may contact Dr. Michael Larsen at Larsen@campbell.edu.

Dr. J. Kameron Carter, associate professor of theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will also be on hand to deliver the MLK Day sermon at Campbell's CUW worship service on the morning of the 18th.

"Of course, service is not only an opportunity to make a difference in someone else's life, but it is also a chance to extend our learning and discovery beyond the boundaries of the classroom," Jamerson said. "It is, as Jesus said, an opportunity to serve Him by serving the least of His brothers."

To participate, go to the MLK Day website at http://www.campbell.edu/students/mlkds.html

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