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Spending MLK day serving others

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Spending MLK day serving others
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It's been nearly 45 years since Martin Luther King Jr. died and people in the Twin Tiers always honor his accomplishments. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier organizes on a volunteer day for the National Day of Service. YNN's Katie Husband talked to people who spent their MLK holiday helping others.

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- "We're packing the bags with different items and loading them up on a pallet and sending them off," said volunteer Tammie Burlew.

You would think they're doing this for school or work, but they're not. These 50 or so volunteers are pitching in to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

"The volunteers that come to us come with willing hearts and helping hands, they come here to make a difference. This is not a social event for them, they know that there are people in our community who need our help," said Darlene Bachman, Food Bank of the Southern Tier volunteer coordinator.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier does this each year to observe the holiday. There are some volunteers that pack these bags every year but this year there are some fresh faces.

These students are spending their day off of school volunteering their time because they say it's fun and that's what MLK Day is all about.

"It's just fun, it's better than school and you don't have to sit through lectures," said Skyler Carlson, a volunteer.

"It's fun, you know, we could be sitting home in bed relaxing, but there's just something about getting together with some people. We've met some great people today and just having fun with it. We're trying to make a game of it and just creating some laughter and camaraderie," said Burlew.

Food Bank employees say the service from these volunteers is greatly appreciated.

"Without our volunteers none of this would happen. One hundred percent of the food we pack here is done by our volunteers," said Burlew.

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