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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

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Last Monday  we observed the holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day is celebrated in many ways, from parades to volunteering to helping others, every year many make this day a day to work to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, and not simply taking a day off work. Here at FedEx we made the day a Day of Service by partnering with the Hands on Network to give back to communities in Chicago, Dallas, Memphis, Newark and Washington, DC.
 
In Dallas a group of about 45 volunteers along with members of the community spent the day at the Arlington Park Neighborhood recreation center. The day was kicked off by FedEx Office Vice President Byron Cooper. He thanked all the volunteers for their participation. We were then given a history lesson on the neighborhood. We learned that this neighborhood was founded after World War II to provide housing to African American veterans of the war; very fitting, given that we were honoring a man that fought so hard for the rights of all.
 
During the time spent at the recreation center, we painted the interior, built picnic benches, and cleared the outside areas. The staff at the center was so appreciative and commented at how detailed we were in making sure all the projects were done perfectly. The local Hands On affiliate, Hands on North Texas, remarked that our FedEx group was one the best groups they had ever worked with.
 
As thanks for all the hard work, the neighborhood association provided a home cooked lunch for all the volunteers.
 
A quote of Dr. King's that sums up the events of the Day of Service is as follows, “Life's most urgent question is what are you doing for others”. The MLK Day of Service showed that our employees are giving back to the communities in which we live and work and enjoy doing so.
 
I am proud to work for a company that recognizes the importance of the legacy of Dr. King and empowers all of us to keep his dream alive.

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There was a veteran who came to the building who had to be in his 80's. It was great to see his smile of what we were doing was to honor him for what he had done for us. Ask not what my country can do for me but instead ask what can I do for my country--JFK

My voluteered experience on Dr. Martin Luther King's Day- I am proud to be part of a company who takes pride in all that we do everyday. This event was a huge success for everyone who participated in the helping of making the Arlington Park Recreation Center a better place for the kids and the neighborhood to share, learn, and grow. I believe in giving in order to recieve and I saw in the demonstration on that day that everyone gave every ounces of them self to help others in need. From hammering the tiniest nail to painting the large wall in the building we all rolled up our sleeves to help and I am proud to work along side my colleagues who care so much for others. I can't wait to do this again and feel the same joy I felt after all the work was accomplished that day. Kim, thank you for organizing and putting this event for our team to share. It was a great learning experience for me and I loved it!

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