Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 17, 2011 Updated Jan 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 17, 2011 Updated Jan 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM EDT

Monday wasn't a day off for more than 300 AmeriCorp volunteers. It was a day on to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's message of service.

"It's on the 25th anniversary of MLK day being created as a national holiday so it's a really special day," WNY AmeriCorp Spokesperson Patrick Metzger said.

The group delivered and installed weatherization kits to those who need it most in the Martin Luther King Park in Buffalo. The kits included insulation and window films to make the home more efficient while saving them money on their energy bills.

"Hopefully it will keep them warmer on the coldest day of the year so far," Mark Lazzara with AmeriCorp said.

There were also two veterans pick to receive a new furnace that the group installed. Veteran Gregory Repman and his wife said this donation will improve their quality of life.

"It's just phenomenal. Me and my wife can't believe the generosity. Our furnace was well over 40 years old," Repman said.
Another MLK event in Buffalo brought out veteran athletes to meet little stars of the future.

The Family 25 Inc. Group held their annual free basketball clinic for aspiring athletes ages six to 15 all in honor MLK but it wasn't only about the game. This years theme was "Given the Opportunity".

Community leader were recognized, following in Kings footsteps by showing kids first-hand that given the opportunity anyone can succeed.

One of the people honored was Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Running Back Thurman Thomas.

"This is one of the reasons I moved back here because I wanted to be part of this program in the inner city. Today is day is a day that you shouldn't be sitting at home taking a day off you should be outside doing on MLK day because that's what he wanted you to do," Thomas said.