MLK Day recognizes the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday January 15th and honors his memory with a national day of service.  In fact, it is the only federal holiday with that designation.

Highland Park has created a community-wide day of service for residents and their families to benefit various local organizations that provide items and services to people in need.  Hosted again at the Recreation Center of Highland Park from 10 AM – 2 PM, not only does it provide multiple “teachable moments” for children and family fun, but it also helps parents avoid the dreaded “I’m booooooored!”.

In addition, the Moraine Township Food Pantry is hosting a “Stocking the Food Pantry Made Easy!” event on January 15th.  Easier than a restaurant drive-through (nobody there to get your order wrong!), you can drive up to the doors of the Recreation Center from 10 AM – 1 PM, and volunteers will collect your donations from your car!  Drive Thru Donations – the only way it would be easier is if they sent an UBER driver . . .

Joking aside, in our affluent community, people are sometimes surprised to learn that 8.  Some of our Seniors need help with food in order to make it to their next social security check.  You may have seen the recent comments of several Highland park residents after a heart-breaking post on our Facebook page on December 7th – it is a real need in our community and it is easy to help.

If you would like to help as a driver, transporting food between the Recreation Center and the Food Pantry, please email [email protected] if you can help!

Want to contribute, but not sure what to bring?  Food May NOT be expired, nor in a glass jar.  The most needed items are:

  • Olive oil
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned tomatoes , whole or diced
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned chicken
  • Hamburger Helper or Sloppy Joe mix
  • Crackers – all kinds
  • Soup – all kinds
  • Cereal – all kinds
  • Oatmeal
  • Pinto beans, 1 lb bags
  • Applesauce
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
  • Jelly, jam
  • Soap, shampoo
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies