MLK Day at Greenbridge: “A day on, not a day off”

Story and photos by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog/White Center Now

A joint event between the Southwest Boys and Girls Club, the Red Cross and HOPE worldwide at Greenbridge (map) combined messages of civil rights and disaster preparedness to honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

The event was kicked off by the Seahawks’ Blue Thunder drummers and an opening speech by North Highline Fire District Fire Chief Scott LaVielle. Chief LaVielle spoke about fire safety— which is being highlighted by the Red Cross — and quoted from speeches by John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy to highlight the importance of caring for our communities.

Red Cross Coordinator Beth Jusino notes that MLK Day is viewed by her organization as “A day on, not a day off” in service to the community. After the event, volunteers dispersed into the Greenbridge neighborhood to place door-hangers regarding fire safety and earthquake preparedness at the surrounding homes. The information is printed in both English and Spanish. (In case you’re not in the area flyered – here’s the Red Cross’s infopage on fire safety.)

Jusino adds that in light of the Haitian earthquake, people have opened their hearts to the world community; today, people are focusing on opening their hearts to their local community – and the volunteers who are spreading the word about helping each other, locally and globally.

2 Replies to "MLK Day at Greenbridge: "A day on, not a day off""

  • Liz January 18, 2010 (1:42 pm)

    Greenbridge is in White Center – that’s definitely not West Seattle. Why isn’t this article posted on your sister blog, White Center Now?

    • WSB January 18, 2010 (2:51 pm)

      It will be, ran out of time before I had to leave the house for a meeting. We post some WC news here as well as there and vice versa.

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