January 16

MLK Jr Day of Service – Donation Drive 2

12:30 pm — 2:00 pm

Drop off at:
Recreation Center of Highland Park
1207 Park Ave W
Highland Park, IL 60035

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service (MLK Day) is the only federal holiday that is also designated by Congress as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” Participation in service activities has grown each year as more Americans are encouraged to provide meaningful change in their communities.

*From the U.S. Department of the Interior -- Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights*

NCJW CNS will  be collecting items for Mother’s Day Baskets to provide to women and children in Domestic and Homeless Shelters.  Donated items must be NEW!

  • A drive-thru donation event will follow the in-person event taking place from 12:30-2:00 PM.
  • Personal hygiene and grooming items: soap, shampoo, conditioner,
    deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brushes, lotion, cosmetics and cosmetic
    bags, nail polish and nail accessories, hair accessories, and more.
  • Adult and kids, puzzles, books, and small games.
  • Hats, scarves, socks, flip-flops, and fleece blankets.
Additional Details on 2023’s Event Below:
**Note: These additional activities are intended for those with younger children/grandchildren:
Mayor Nancy Rotering proclaimed Monday, January 16, 2023, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This annual event serves as an opportunity for all to come together in celebration of Dr. King’s legacy through service to others.
  • It will be the first in-person Day of Service since 2020 and will take place on Monday, January 16, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Recreation Center of Highland Park.
  • This year’s event will feature a keynote address titled “Unity in the Community” by Gabrielle Cummings, President of NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, and a dance performance by Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.
  • Guests will be invited to participate in a wide variety of service projects, including making valentines for veterans, bookmarks for books, dignity bags for women in shelters, and more.
  • Event details, a list of requested donations, and other items will be posted at cityhpil.com/mlk as more information becomes available.
  • This event is presented by the City’s Human Relations Advisory Group and the Park District of Highland Park.