13th Annual Scotch Plains/Fanwood MLK Day of Service

(above) Andrew Abrantes, Owen, and his team from BSA Troop 33 worked hard at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, keeping up with the super amount of pet food, treats, blankets and towels that were donated during the town-wide SP-F MLK Day of service. Photos courtesy Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

Scotch Plains/Fanwood MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 17th, 2022, the Scotch Plains/Fanwood community came together for a day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The opening program was held virtually from the JCC of Central NJ. The Day of Service Co-Chairs were Michelle Shapiro Abraham, Amanda Barnett, and Courtney Agnello.

Noted as being a “Day On” rather than a day off for the national holiday, hundreds of volunteers assisted at local donation drives, as well as participated in educational and service opportunities.

Some of the events planned for the day were a hats & gloves collection for children benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Union County. Girl Scout Troop 40393 collected yarn donations to use for their Magic Yarn Project. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA was the drop off location for diapers, food, and household items for refugees. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church was also a drop off location for donations.

(above) YMCA child care students made “kindness rocks”.
(above) Collection drives included diapers, food, and a household items collection drive for refugees.