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Work-Free Tomorrow For MLK Day? Use Your Time For Good!

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Many businesses and institutions will be closed around the nation and in Los Angeles tomorrow in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Although most people are perfectly pleased to spend the third day of a three-day weekend lolling about in bed, hunkering down in front of the television set, or enjoying some fun in our winter sun, there's a large-scale movement focused on making tomorrow about doing good for others and not just yourself.Tomorrow, "service opportunities will be held throughout the Southland in connection with the increased effort to make the holiday a time to reach out to citizens in need," is reporting. They list several options for ways Angelenos can take part in the Day of Service:

A winter clothing drive will be held at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., and is in need of new or used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and fleeces, sweatpants, hat scarves, gloves and blankets. Food donations will be collected at the Museum of Tolerance, Whole Foods Markets in Mar Vista, Sherman Oaks and Venice, the Trader Joe's Market in Studio City and the Pavilions market in Westminster.

Clean-ups are planned along the walk way adjoining the Orange Line bus line in the San Fernando Valley, in Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas and Baldwin Hills.

Details on all those projects and more are available at

Other options are listed (with links to more info) at Apartment Therapy Los Angeles. A nice bonus, too, for just 5 hours of volunteer work is that
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Why is volunteering so important right now? Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says: "At this moment of great purpose and great promise, President-elect Obama is calling on all Americans to make an ongoing commitment to serve their communities and their country." As Obama is sworn in on Tuesday of this week, let's all pitch in and do our part to make this country a better place.