A Day Of Service In The Name of Dr. King

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Western New Yorkers are taking Monday to reflect on the

life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For some this is a day "on" instead of a day "off," taking time serve others in the community.

"We partnered with the Red Cross delivering fire prevention information to people. We delivered food to people and partnered with Grassroots Gardens making bird houses. We're also building benches for Roswell Park," Adam Bartoszek with the Service Collaboration of Western New York said.

At the King Center Charter School, dozens of people got out of bed to work and serve their community, helping people in need.

"I got involved because I've been in Buffalo my whole life and this is just a great way to make change and rebuild Buffalo from where we are to where we can go," Volunteer Chris Ciechoski said.

More people were giving their time in the name of Dr. King, helping to restore a community center on South Hampton Street in Buffalo. They shoveled, sanded and painted to make improvements for the people who live in the area.

"Building a center that can be used for the community with people of all different colors and ethnic backgrounds so it's a great way to help dream come true," Daytuan Antonetti said.

All the volunteers agree, no matter what the service may be, it's all part of living up to Dr. King's message.

"It's Martin Luther King Day and we always have school off so instead of taking time to relax and do whatever you want, it's a good idea to give back to the community you serve in and work in," Volunteer Aurora Schul.

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