Volunteers spend Martin Luther King Jr. day serving the Capital City

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More than 100 people are taking a day of service by giving back to the community.  They’re painting rain barrels.  When completed, they’ll be placed in parts of Harrisburg that could use an environmental boost.

Volunteer, Mia Butler, joins others around Harrisburg with a similar mission- to give back on a National Day of Service.  She says, “To share how we feel and I think it’s important because he wanted us all to be free.”

As colors combine, creative efforts will help clean up the city.

Volunteer Sedrick Washington says, “This will go at the base of a gutter where the barrel will collect water from the storm and save the water for your garden or clean your car.”

The Washingtons want their children to learn how to serve others from a young age.  Sedrick says, “Start servicing, doing community service where they can, understand how to do work without expecting to get pay.”

Tanya Gordon is a member of the rain barrel coalition.  She explains why this project serves as a helpful reminder of what the day means.  “Brings us all together to remind us that we have to give back to our community because if we’re teaching youth leadership, we need to teach them how to serve first.”

Once the barrels are painted and ready for use, they’ll be placed around the city.  They’ll capture rainwater from gutters, assisting the city to control the amounts of precipitation that flows into the Susquehanna River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.