Over 200 students gave up part of their Martin Luther King holiday Monday, January 21 to honor his legacy by participating in a unique Day of Service project. Students from Maple Point Middle School in Langhorne and some from Neshaminy High School spent the morning compiling 1,600 ‘blessing bags’ from thousands of items donated by the MP and Neshaminy community for Angels in Motion, a charity that reaches out to addicts living on the street with the ultimate goal of steering them into treatment. The bags contain food and other items that build a bridge between the addicts and Angels in Motion volunteers to help them reach that goal.
This marks the second year for this project at Maple Point. Students have been collecting the donations for the past month, and they filled a dozen cafeteria tables when unloaded. While some students picked items to fill the bags, 5th-grade students created inspirational notes which were also added to the bags. Older students cut up recycled plastic grocery bags and spun them into “plarn,” which can be woven into durable mats that give homeless people a little bit of comfort even if they are living on city sidewalks.
At the other end of the cafeteria, groups of students assembled peanut and jelly sandwiches, enough to supply Angels in Motion with enough to hand out for a week.
This project is one of many community outreach programs at Maple Point, which range from a popular Veterans Day ceremony (which attracted over 100 local veterans this year) to fundraisers to help fight cancer. This MLK Day project is also in line with the District’s new substance abuse prevention and outreach program, #StandUp Neshaminy