Instead of hosting the March on Main Street, which has been canceled in order to support public health guidelines on crowd sizes by the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services, the HV MLK Day Committee will host a Drive-Up MLK Day Rally at Community Sharing Outreach Center at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17. The event will feature a brief presentation featuring Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech which participants can listen to on their radios, and volunteers will be on hand to accept soup meal donations in support of the food drive. Families are encouraged to attend the rally with signs and banners in their car windows expressing support of the themes associated with Dr. King's legacy, including peace, nonviolence, justice, and service to the Beloved Community.
All area residents are invited to observe the MLK Day National Day of Service by purchasing the ingredients for Southwest Chicken Soup (recipe posted at their Facebook page) and placing them in a decorated paper bag to be donated to Community Sharing's food pantry. The committee's Facebook page will offer downloadable, printable, MLK Day-related items that can be used to decorate bags, along with pictures of decorated bags from previous years for families at home to use as inspiration. Completed meal packages can be donated at The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center during normal business hours or River's Edge Brewing Company throughout January until Monday the 18th. In addition to the soup meal ingredients, the HV MLK Day committee is asking for donations of $5-$10 to help them sponsor the hearty soup shelf at Community Sharing throughout 2021 in an effort to extend our support of families in need all year long. Cash or check donations (payable to Community Sharing) can be handed to a staff member at The SHAC or River's Edge when dropping off soup meal donations. Unlike previous years where the committee placed collection bins in area stores and then hosted an in-person assembly event at The SHAC, event organizers look forward to the community creating their own decorated meal packages at home to support their community service efforts. Be sure to drop off a soup meal and the additional monetary donation to help stock the hearty soup shelf all year long so that you can be a part of this community-wide effort to answer what Dr. King identified as life's most urgent and persistent question: What are you doing to help others?
Purchase ingredients to create a soup meal for local families in need. The soup, Southwest Chicken, uses just four non-perishables:
- 12 oz. jar salsa verde
-12.5 oz. cans of chicken
-12 oz. can of cannellini beans (white kidney beans)
- 24 oz. can/container chicken broth
For an extra treat: add a bag of tortilla chips
Purchase the items, decorate a paper bag with MLK messages and drop-off at the SHAC or River's Edge Brewery both at 125 S. Main Street, Milford. Your donation will be delivered to Community Sharing Outreach Center (www.community-sharing.org) and distributed to families in need. If you would prefer to contribute in a different way, gas cards or gift cards from White Lake Meijer or Kroger would be welcomed.
Submit original artwork (watercolor, paints, pencil collage, etc.), written essay, poem, recorded performance, music or any other creative medium for committee consideration using the chosen theme as inspiration.
Information for both attendees and spectators regarding location, time, and requirements for various events held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Additional information for artistic entree participants can also be found here.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day march information; time and location for both attendees and spectators. Information for artistic entrees, transportation opportunities, and concessions. Click here to be a part of this special event.