Ideas for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Activities

In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases around the country and in our area, Durham Academy has postponed the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service meal-packaging event to later in the spring (donations are still needed to help make the spring event possible). However, Director of Community Service Anne McNamara offers the following suggestions for families looking to keep the holiday as a “day on” of service:

Pitch in to clean up litter. Keep Durham Beautiful will hold a litter cleanup day in several concurrent locations around the Bull City on Monday. Volunteers will meet at all locations at 1 p.m. Learn more via Keep Durham Beautiful.

Hold a neighborhood diaper drive. The Diaper Bank of North Carolina needs diapers of all sizes, as well as incontinence and period supplies. Send out a neighborhood request for diapers (with instructions and dates you are wanting to collect). Then deliver the collection to the Diaper Bank in Durham. See details via the Diaper Bank.

Declutter your bookshelves. Book Harvest is collecting books at its annual Dream Big Event on Monday, for which there are still a few volunteer slots. Learn more via Book Harvest. You may also donate books for the DA Used Book Sale; learn more at

Clean out the toy chest. Do you still have toys that no one is REALLY playing with anymore? Ask your children to select one or two toys in good condition and spruce them up and bring to an organization like Goodwill Industries.