Bucks County Imbues Martin Luther King Jr. Day With More Than Just a Few Work-Free Hours

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Bucks County marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17, with events and service opportunities.

As was the case last year, the pandemic is modifying the ability to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Bucks County. But neither ongoing health concerns nor projected cold temperatures will dim the opportunity for residents to engage — in person or virtually — in the Day of Service dedicated to the civil rights icon.

Here are some opportunities for adding gravitas to what would ordinarily be just another work-free holiday:

The Michener Art Museum, Doylestown

The Michener Art Museum’s day of honor is Jan. 16, with the option to participate in person (with no registration required) or virtually (registration needed).

In either case, the 1:00–4:30 p.m. event, comprising a display of rare photographs of Dr. King and reminiscences from a local woman who babysat him, is free.

Heritage Conservancy, Doylestown

The Heritage Conservancy is understandably overlaying the MLK holiday with an environmental cleanup service project.

The organization’s Jan. 17 event seeks volunteers (children over three years old are welcome with adults) to clean Bristol Marsh Nature Preserve. The project lasts from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants must preregister, complete a waiver, and comply with all COVID-19 protocols.

Give A Christmas, Central and Upper Bucks County

The Give a Christmas outreach supplies the needy with not only holiday gifts but also funds for rent, healthcare-related expenses, and utility bills.

The fund’s administrators, the Bucks County Opportunity Council, are keeping the 2021 drive open until MLK Day, positioning the giving of donations as a worthy part of Day of Service activities.

St. Martin of Tours Church, New Hope

Martin Luther King Service Day donations of both pre-made meals and items are welcome at St. Martin of Tours Church.

The former involves the pickup of an empty tray, which is then filled with a home-cooked meal, sealed, and returned onsite on Jan. 17, 10 a.m. to noon.

The latter asks volunteers to fill a box with items for its four local support groups: A Woman’s Place, The Baby Bureau, Padre Pio’s Prayer Center, and the Frances E. Willard Elementry School. These, too, are returned to the church.

Both projects serve a vital role in the community.

Empty trays and empty boxes are available at the church campus, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, until Jan. 16.