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Local volunteers give back on MLK Day of Service

Posted: 2:03 PM, Jan 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-21 19:57:12-05

 

Today is National Day of Service, and groups are encouraged to give back to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Local volunteers who are looking to help Harvey-impacted families were doing just that.

Nearly a dozen volunteers, including Kristofer Morgan, of Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, were hard at work on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“This is technically my day off, but I’m here,” said Morgan. “And I’m all for it.”

Morgan and the other volunteers are from organizations like the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi.

These organizations help community members in need. That’s no different on the National Day of Service. They helped a family clear storm debris, and build a new shed behind their home. Unfortunately, the family’s shed was destroyed when the storm hit nearly a year and a half ago.

“We’re here to help her and just make her get her home back to where it was before,” said Ericka Maldonado, of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program or RSVP.

“There are still a lot of people out here needing help,” said Morgan.

But these volunteers say on this day of service, they’re happy to help a community who was devastated by the storm.

“It’s nice to know that we’ve got these type of people in our community that are willing to help especially on a day off,” said Maldonado.

The volunteers also say the 30-year homeowner was grateful for their efforts.

“She did say that she was very happy that we’re here, and very thankful that we’re here,” said Maldonado.

The organizations also partnered with Rockport’s Hands of Hope, and Tool Bank Disaster Services to give back.

For more information on how to help or get help through organizations like Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, call (361) 884-0651.