By Ahmed Al-Hilali, TMO
Martin Luther King Day is and always will be a day to make a difference. At the Detroit Friendship House, every day makes a difference. The Detroit Friendship House is a kind of soup kitchen; there are free snacks lined up on a table, and people in need can come in almost any day of the week and take their share of food. But on Martin Luther King Day, things were a little different. The Friendship House partnered a project with ACCESS ACTS, an Arab American Youth group. The main purpose of this project was to create 100 bags filled with a water bottle, crackers, Fiber One bars, and papers about MLK, and on Tuesday, a Hamtramck school will come and distribute it to the needy kids.
â€œI could be sitting down doing nothing, but instead Iâ€™m using my time wisely,â€ said Amney Iskander, ACCESS ACTS volunteer. â€œI came out today to make a difference in the community, to help the underprivileged.â€
But it doesnâ€™t matter what day it is for you to go out and help the community, as Martin Luther King said, â€œThe time is always now to do what is right,â€ every day should be a day to help the people who need it. Felicia Wells, executive director of The Detroit Friendship House, understands this fully.
â€œPeople who give back to the community,â€ Said Felicia, â€œtend to always be there when needed.â€