Day of Service helps many neighbors

WARREN – Members of Trumbull Positive 4 Change spent their Saturday serving.

The group worked on projects as part of the National Day of Service, which was ushered in by President Obama to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday will be celebrated Monday.

Some members of the group held a canned food drive at the Trinity Bruda Center on Highland Avenue S.W. and also at the Grace United Methodist Church. Members also read to children at the Learning Express Preschool Center.

Also, at the food court in the Eastwood Mall, members of the group Chess Is Life were teaching children to play chess. A spokeswoman for the group said the game can help young kids because they are forced to think before they act and envision what consequences will take place after they make a move.

Dan Houston of Trumbull Positive 4 Change said donated food would be given to the Warren Family Mission, the Community Volunteer Council and other local groups.

Cliff Stargell said, ”We hope we can do anything we can to uplift the community.”

Jerrell Coleman, 14, a student at John F. Kennedy High School, dropped off two cartons of canned food. He said his faith moved him to take part.

”It’s a good cause,” Coleman said. ”I’m working for the Lord and I hope it pays off someday.”

Diana Haynes of Warren also dropped canned goods off for the food drive. She said she likes the idea and was inspired to take part because of Obama, who took part in his own project Saturday.

”It’s for the president,” Haynes said.

Stargell also said he agrees with Obama’s recognition of a day for national service.

”That’s why we’re doing this to fit into the program,” Stargell said.

”It’s one day that everyone can serve the poor,” added Lalea King, who was helping to sort the food.

Members of the group estimated they raised enough food to fill the bed of a pickup truck.