Dozens volunteer as part of MLK Day of Service

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    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) - On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day dozens volunteered on the Southside to honor his legacy, as part of their MLK Day of Service.

    "We have to have anywhere from 25 to 30 volunteers a day in order to operate efficiently and effectively," said Karen Harris, the executive director of God's Storehouse.

    Monday was little different for those at God's Storehouse. Even though they were closed and their volunteers were off, they had 65 special volunteers. Volunteers included staff and students from Averett, along with volunteers from AmeriCorps, and Southside Leadership.

    They sorted food, cleaned equipment, and cleaned the building.

    "We're helping clean shopping carts that the customers use," said Jason Ferrell, the director of North Campus Facilities, said.

    Harris explained that often donations and volunteering slow down after the holidays. Monday was a major boost to assist the nonprofit. It serves 172 families each day. "It's important to just make sure we have a nice facility for people to come to."

    The volunteers said serving others is a simple way to honor King.

    "He was all about service and giving back to others, so we're hoping to make this a "day on" not a day off," said Rachel Covington, the director of community engagement at Averett.

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