Organizations in Roanoke give back for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 6:02 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - United Way of Roanoke Valley partnered with multiple organizations to give back during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Beta Chi Omega Chapter, Roanoke Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America and Community High School all volunteered.

The groups distributed COVID-19 information to 974 homes in northwest and southeast Roanoke. Organizers say they chose those communities because of the low vaccination rates.

With the recent rise in COVID cases, they want to help people stay healthy. And Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is all about helping others.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior’s wife Coretta Scott King pushed so hard to have this holiday to honor her husband.,” explained Kiana Marshall. “But she gave back on this day to recognize and celebrate her husband and to honor him by working in the community or simply by giving an act of kindness to others. And that’s really truly what Dr. King stood for.”

Informational materials about COVID-19 were left on doors or mailboxes. COVID-19 tests were available upon request for the community.