MLK volunteers show 'the content of their character'

A record number of volunteers turned out recently to take part in a variety of projects in Palm Beach, Florida, to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Palm Beach Atlantic University and the United Way of Palm Beach County supplied 485 of the participants.

The volunteerism included painting, picking tomatoes, scrubbing tombstones, hosting a block party and planting a community garden. Grants from both the Corporation for National and Community Service and Points of Light supported the work, which was undertaken throughout Palm Beach.

CROS Ministries directed volunteers at area farms, who collected approximately 8,000 pounds of peppers and 4,250 pounds of tomatoes that otherwise would have rotted on the vine. The produce is taken to a local food bank, which distributes it to more than 100 agencies.

ā€œI like to describe CROS as the hands that do the picking and the food bank as the feet that deliver the food,ā€ said Emily Zarzycki, camp director.

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