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MLK event encourages 'day on, not off'
Volunteer event offers ways to get involved
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Forsyth County News

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Volunteers for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring can just show up Monday or, if possible, register first with Hands on Forsyth. The military card event is set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Forsyth County Family Center, 133 Samaritan Drive. The lake and road cleanups will run from 1 to 4 p.m., with volunteers meeting at the Juvenile Justice Center, 875 Lanier 400 Pkwy. Contact: (770) 205-1701 or

The snow and ice that covered Forsyth County for most of last week hid a secret -- the roads need cleaning.

But that’s going to change Monday, when volunteers gather for Hands on Forsyth’s fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring.

“We always do a lake cleanup, but we’re doing a lake and road cleanup this year,” said Kerry Rosewall, volunteer coordinator. “I’m hoping it’s going to be warmer.

“With the snow and then the snow turning to slush, we’re not used to this kind of weather, so I don’t know how it affects the lake. But I think it’s a good opportunity for people to get out of the house and be active.”

In addition to the cleanup, volunteers will use the national holiday honoring the slain Civil Rights leader to work with the county’s senior citizens. They'll also write letters to military personnel overseas.

At Chestnut Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, volunteers will have a game day and work on scrapbooks with seniors.

“These are great programs that help engage volunteers of all ages,” said Nicole McCoy, Hands on Forsyth executive director. “At the projects, we’ll take a moment to talk about why the day of service is important and that it’s a day on, and not a day off. We really work to educate the volunteers."

The military card event will be at the Forsyth County Family Center on Samaritan Drive.

It's a great activity for families, Rosewall said. They can work with construction paper, colorful stickers, crayons and other fun crafts.

The timing -- after school was out all last week due to the ice -- doesn't hurt, either.

“A lot of parents are looking for ways to get their kids out and keep them active, and themselves as well,” she said. “People have cabin fever and are looking forward to getting out and doing something."