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Hands on Newton, Rams United plan MLK event
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Two volunteer groups are teaming up to hold a community service event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to service.

Hands on Newton, a nonprofit volunteer organization, and Newton High School’s Rams United, a peer leadership and service organization, will celebrate King’s legacy through the "A Day On, Not a Day Off" campaign on Jan. 20, joining thousands of others across the country who will contribute their time and skills as volunteers that day.

The Newton County community service event is open to all and will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Solid Rock Baptist Church, 8111 Brown Bridge Road. Activities scheduled include the pickup, delivery, and sorting of food donations; sorting and distributing winter clothing donations; and other volunteer opportunities. A guest speaker will also be at the event from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Members of Rams United are accepting donations of food, which will be given to the Willing Helpers Food Pantry; and winter wear, such as coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, and scarves, which will be distributed directly to the public.

Event organizers are also seeking volunteers who are familiar with video cameras to help in filming oral history interviews with those who recall Newton County’s civil rights history.

Volunteers can get more information by visiting and searching "Hands on Newton"; by contacting Hands on Newton program director Mollie Melvin at 770-330-7405; or by emailing