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Column: In Service to Their Community

Residents help make sandwiches as part of the service projects at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Summit.

Residents help make sandwiches as part of the service projects at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Summit.

The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Summit participant attendance numbers increased this year with families from the community stopping in to help make sure the service projects were accomplished.

There are so many people to thank like Volunteer Alexandria, Americorps, ARHA, 4H and the staff and senior management of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. There were more than 100 people who made sure that on MLK Day, the homeless living on the streets of Alexandria had something to eat and a first aid kit by their sides. To paraphrase the late civil rights leader, Dr, King, the quality of one's life, not the longevity, is what is important. Together we made our lives more important — more meaningful by helping others. Thank you for giving back Alexandria!

By McKenya Dilworth-Abdalla

Center Director Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center