SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Hundreds of students from the University of Utah spent some of the weekend doing various service projects around Utah on Saturday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Nearly 250 people showed up at various locations to help the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center perform a wide range of projects.
The center coordinates with 11 different community partners to put the students to work on projects related to hunger, health care, homelessness, domestic violence and youth mentoring.
The Utes we interviewed were busy making wool caps for the “Organizing Knitting Necessities” which provides them to local hospitals to give to newborn babies.
Additional projects included volunteers training to do vision screenings, taking recycled plastic bags and turning them into sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness, cleaning, organizing, and sorting clothes at the Crossroads Thrift Store, deep cleaning of the Crossroads Urban Center and the Maliheh Free Clinic, preparing and making breakfast for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, sorting food donations to be assembled in backpacks that children can take home, sorting donations and cleaning and organizing classrooms at the YWCA and sorting food donations, assembling food boxes, repackaging bulk food and labeling food for distribution at the Utah Food Bank.
Erika Gee, a junior majoring in social work, organized the project.