Martin Luther King, Jr. American was a pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday and it is celebrated on Monday, January 15th to mark his birthday. Did you know that it is also the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service?  Let’s celebrate MLK’s legacy with these community service ideas for kids.
From a very young age, we have been instilling in our son the values that we believe in – teaching him to be kind and to serve others.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the perfect day to highlight acts of service, and teach him to “live the dream.” Martin Luther King’s dream: “One day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Read books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and discuss his legacy then go out to the community:
These are just a few ways you and your kids can serve the community you live in!


1.  Visit the elderly in an assisted living facility or convalescent home. 

2. Make cards to hand out or mail to seniors, military, or sick patients in hospitals.

  • Make cards for elderly folks at a nursing home –  I’ve been saving a collection of random pictures and drawings that our son has made to make them into cards.
  • Mail out postcards to our military. They do appreciate it.

3. Organize a stuffed animal or book drive, and donate them.

  • Stuffed animal/book drive -we’ve asked his friends to donate books or stuffed animals that they no longer read to a child in need or to a local hospital or shelter.

4.  Plant a tree with your child.

  • Plant a tree – we are going to wait until Spring to plant a tree.

5.  Start a garden, and donate the vegetables to a local harvest co-op. 


6.  Pick up trash at your local park or playground.

  • Help clean up a local park – Use a garbage grabber and gloves.

How will you celebrate this month with your kids?

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  1. Wonderful ideas! It is so heartwarming to see how much your lovely family takes the time to help others. What a blessing!

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