The 15th Annual MLK Day of Service event, coordinated by the Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program and sponsored by Dominion Energy and the Peninsula Agency on Aging was held on Thursday, January 17th at the North Hampton Community Center. Over 180 attendees came together to create plastic yarn "plarn" from everyday plastic grocery bags. Attendees brought non-recyclable bags to create the "plarn". An assembly line was formed at each table where the bags were flattened, folded, cut and tied into balls of "plarn". The balls of plarn" were delivered to crochet groups at local senior citizen apartments where they were crocheted into portable, waterproof mats that will be distributed to homeless citizens in our communities. Matthew Stern, Exec. Director of Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions, Inc. (HELP, Inc.), was the keynote speaker at the event.
The MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, leads this effort. The Foster Grandparent Program is a program managed by CNCS.