Whittier Center encouraging people to ‘make a difference’ on King holiday

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. day, an official holiday honoring the late civil rights leader. The Whittier Community Center is hosting a “Make a Difference on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” event on Monday, Jan. 17.Center Director Tamara Nelson says in this tough economy, community support for important local services and resources is needed more than ever.Nielson says the good news is that making a difference doesn’t have to be expensive or a chore. The Whittier Center, along with volunteers from The Center for the School of the Future are hosting a community concert Monday and a canned food drive to benefit the Cache Community Food Pantry.”Over the holidays the food pantries give out so much of their food that it’s depleted but people need that assistance throughout the year,” Nielson says. “They are doing an event on the 17th. It will start at 7 o’clock and it will be at the Whittier Center. “You can pay $3 or bring three cans of food, up to $3 or up to three cans to get that admission. The food and that money will go to replenish the food pantry.”Nielson explains that those attending can receive $1 off for every canned or non-perishable food item they donate at the event and it costs up to $10 per family.Music for all ages will be provided by local band Get Back, which will feature some of the greatest hits of the Beatles. Other organizations are celebrating King’s legacy as well. Utah State University held a candle light vigil Wednesday night and on Friday the first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Logan Tabernacle.

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