6 January 2023 |
Southern Adventist University plans to continue an annual tradition of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, encouraging students to give back to their community. The Chattanoogan reports that approximately 1,000 participants will join together on Southern’s MLK Service Day to serve organizations and community members within the Chattanooga area.
This year, Southern is partnering with approximately 30 organizations, including the Chambliss Center, Humane Educational Society, Samaritan Center, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace – an organization that builds beds and delivers them to children who don’t have beds.
Past projects listed by the Chattanooga Pulse have included students packing “blessing bags” that include toiletries and snacks to give those experiencing homelessness at the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition. At other locations, students served by cleaning, painting, visiting with the elderly, or serving meals.
“It’s a Southern tradition to take time on MLK Day to make a positive difference in our community,” said Cheryl Craven, director of Christian Service at Southern. “My hope is that our students experience the joy of service and make it a way of life, both during their academic career at Southern and following graduation.”