UNA students gather to serve in remembrance of Dr. King

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – On a day of commemoration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds gathered on a local university campus to honor him.

Not only were students at the University of North Alabama there to remember King, they came together to serve their fellow man.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others,” recited Bethany Green with the UNA Office of Student Engagement.

An inspiring quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and one which got more than 200 students at the University of North Alabama involved in a day of service.

“We changed everything that we do or have done for years on Martin Luther King Day, and decided to actually do a service event” stated Green. “Because what better way and opportunity to give back and honor Dr. King as well.”

Many of them have probably never donned a hair net or apron before. But packed inside the main banquet hall at the university, they fixed meals for the hungry. Their goal, get 30,000 NUMANA meals to shelters and food pantry’s across the Shoals.

“I know how much to have a day off and not have class and not have work and think yeah I can sleep in. But this is a great opportunity for students to serve,” explained UNA Senior Kayla Land.

From athletes who play on the diamond, to honors students, everyone came together for the same goal; to volunteer and hopefully bring away a life lesson at the same time.

“Help others, to serve others, and just be a good person,” said Green.

And with the success of this year’s event, organizers said they will look at continuing to do service projects in the years to come.

The day of service at the University of North Alabama was sponsored by The Office of Student Engagement, Leadership and Volunteerism and The Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity.