Lachat Town Farm honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the second annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, where you can create kindness bags that are distributed to children.
You can reserve a time slot on Lachat's website. There are other ways to participate if you can't be there.
“We wanted to create a day to focus on giving back to the community,” said Lachat event manager Anita Dinwoodie, who co-organized the Day of Service with Keisha Fink and Jennifer Bernheim. “We want Weston to reflect on MLK’s dream,” she said.
The goal is to donate 400 kindness bags to Filling in the Blanks, a Norwalk-based non-profit that on weekends provides meals to children throughout Connecticut.
“The kindness bags will include toys, crafts, and a book,” said Ms. Fink. “It’s fun, and an educational opportunity about the civil rights movement.”An Amazon wish list created by Lachat is a good way to help fill kindness bags. You can also sponsor a kindness bag with a $25 donation.
“An opportunity to include kids”
Those who participate in the Day of Service will receive a copy of “A Ride to Remember” by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan, which tells the true story of the first desegregated amusement park ride as it occurred simultaneously with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
In addition, participants will receive a Zoom link made specifically for Lachat containing a reading of “A Ride to Remember” by “Hamilton” actress Renee Goldsberry and an interview of the authors by Anne Craig, the former news anchor at News 8 and Fox 5 in New York.
“We want to bring awareness to the community and create an opportunity for kids to be included,” said Ms. Fink. “We all have our part to give back and we can all do something, big or small.”