MLK Council & Students Benefit Babies

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- In honor of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, students and members of the community collected and made fleece blankets in Fayetteville Saturday (Jan. 17).

The Blanket & Baby Essentials Drive at St. James Baptist Church on North Street was filled with volunteers.

“We thought that this was a great opportunity to work with the MLK Council because one of Martin Luther King’s tenets was helping the next generation of individuals,” said J’onnelle Colbert-Diaz, president of Lambda Phi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

“It also goes down the line with our tenant and also helping make sure that we have healthy generations,” she said.

Other than blankets, they are also collected diapers, wipes, clothing, and other baby essentials for the Cradle Care Project.

They also took fleece materials and making blankets. The groups created gift bags with baby essentials to be donated to the Peace at Home Family Shelter and Loving Choices.

“We are doing what Martin Luther King asked us to do, which is that we are giving back to our community, making sure that we are being the voice and the face of the community, and doing our best to preserve his dream and going forward making sure that everyone else has their dream as well,” Colbert-Diaz said.

The NWA MLK Council along with Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Alpha Kappa Alpha organized the drive.

“I think that we have to realize that there are those that are not as fortunate as we are and that whatever little things we can do to help we should try to take some time aside to do that,” said Raenita Thompson, vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Their goal is to create 50 gift bags.

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