To commemorate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has traditionally led a group from all over Ohio on a march from city council to Veterans Memorial. This kicks of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service for our AmeriCorps members. Each year the mayor’s office asks the wonderful American Red Cross AmeriCorps members to greet and serve hot coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to marchers before they embark on what is often a cheery but cold and snowy journey. This This year it was a balmy 40 degrees so thankfully, the snow had melted. As always it was a festive occasion, rife with enthusiasm and chatter from the marchers as well as live music from a local musician.
I was particularly struck this year by the diverse groups of people involved and the number of youth participating in the march. In attendance were school-aged children, entire families, the Columbus State basketball team and members of the OSU Iota and Q fraternities. Before they set out, there was a call to support efforts toward the Haitian earthquake relief fund and many responded with dollars from their pockets and purses. Afterward, the remaining cookies were donated to a local food pantry.
It was a wonderful experience and fantastic day of service!
Thanks to Lynne Wise, American Red Cross AmeriCorps Coordinator for this post.