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Literacy Project Holding Food and Coat Drive in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014

MLK Day of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014,Ozark Foothills Literacy Project AmeriCorps members are holding a food/coat drive to help local non-profits in Sharp and Independence Counties.

Items needed:

  • non-perishable food items
  • coats
  • blankets
  • diapers
  • baby bottles
  • personal hygiene items
  • or cash donations.

With the cold temperatures and employment challenges in the area, any and all help is greatly appreciated. Donations will be accepted through January 20th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In Independence County, donations will go to support Help & Hope and Family Violence Prevention. Items can be dropped off at:

Through Friday, Jan. 17:
  • Independence County Library, 368 E Main St., Batesville, through Friday, Jan. 17th

Through Monday, Jan. 20:

  • Ozark Foothills Literacy office, 500 East Main Street, Suite 209, Batesville, AR,
  • Believers Community Church, 3645 N. St. Louis St., Batesville, (Drop off hours: 6pm to 8pm Wednesday & Friday, 8am to 12pm Sunday.)

In Sharp County, please call Christy at 870-710-0779 for pickup information. Donations will be accepted through January 20th. Sharp County Donations will go to support New Beginnings and Sacs Shelter.

The federal AmeriCorps program, also known as the domestic Peace Corps, engages Americans of all ages in service opportunities each year. Members serve with local nonprofits and community agencies. AmeriCorps designates Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a special day of service. Dr. King believed that, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"

The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project, which serves Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Independence Counties, teaches adults who are learning to read and adults who are learning English. The Literacy Project is a United Way member agency and part of the Arkansas Literacy Councils network of adult literacy organizations. For more information about the Literacy Project, please call 870-793-5912 or visit www.literacyindependence.org.