On this day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers throughout Iowa participated in a day of service. Instead of using the day off, they turned it into a day on.
Iowa Troop Pantry was fortunate to have three service projects and hundreds of volunteers work to help support deployed service members from Iowa.
Americorps Each One Reach One Day of Service
Children and adults from the Iowa City/Coralville area participated in packing 150 care packages and writing letters to troops. All supplies were raised by Americorps volunteers in less than two months!
R.S.V.P. (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) Iowa City Letter Writing
Participants gathered at the Iowa City Public Library to write letters to Iowa troops. The unique part of the letters done by this group is the perspective from which the letters are written. Many of the volunteers served or were directly impacted by conflicts in the mid-20th century. It is not uncommon to read a letter that states, “I was on the beach at Normandy…” or “My husband served in Japan …” This truly is one generation of heroes writing to the next generation of heroes.
R.S.V.P. (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) Dubuque Letter Writing
Similar to the R.S.V.P. Letter Writing Event, volunteers from all over Dubuque gathered to participate in many service projects – including letter writing for the Iowa Troop Pantry.