Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
Many choose to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in community service. I was in Washington, D.C. on MLK Day for the presidential inauguration and I happened to be in touch with Becky Ballard, whose wedding I shot awhile back. Becky is involved in a new project expanding the kitchen at Metropolitan Memorial UMC’s St. Luke’s Mission Center.
Hunger and homelessness are issues close to my heart, and we at JPG are so proud of Becky for the work she’s undertaken to provide more meals, so I was happy to volunteer to document this year’s MLK Service Day in the Glover Park neighborhood of our nation’s capitol.
The day’s priority was preparing lunch and dinner for unhoused neighbors and residents of the Regency House Senior Community. The more-than 130 volunteers also weeded and prepared the Community Garden for winter and created gorgeous artwork for display in St. Luke’s.
Another important mission for the day was to clean and organize DC’s only city-run hypothermia shelter, which is hosted by St. Luke’s and provides a warm place for homeless men to sleep when winter nights are especially cold.
Following the Service Day was a frigid week of sub-freezing temperatures, so the Mission Center was happy to have the shelter ready just in time!
It was my pleasure to document such a meaningful day. Becky and St. Lukes, JPG Photography is proud to support you and your wonderful cause.