January 18, 2016
They spend the day volunteering to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King
by ARACELI MARTÍNEZ ORTEGA
For hours, many Latino families pocketed ordered and donated clothes to give to community organizations in Southern California
Wendy and Jorge Venegas left the house early in the San Fernando Valley with her three children aged 8, 7 and 3 years old to participate as volunteers in the organization and packaging of clothing, and thus honor its day in memory of the leader civil rights Martin Luther King Jr.
“What better to come with children to give them a good example and show that volunteering can make a difference, “Jorge who with his family was the first time that donated their time and effort to help others said.
She invited her friend Hispanic Paty Pesis who already has three years of working as a volunteer in the selection of donated clothing. “My son is growing and I want to learn what it means to help , “he noted.
In the Hollywood area, hundreds of volunteers came together from all races and ages in an event known as the Great Domingo (in English Big Sunday), the largest festival of community service held in the Martin Luther King Jr. for among all new and used sorting donated clothing destined for people living in precarious conditions.
“We do since 1999 and this year we have between 500 and 600 volunteers who come to help us classify as 20,000 garments that people and organizations donated us for two weeks. Morning and packed by size and type of clothing, we will deliver to community organizations, “said David Levinson, festival director and founder of Big Sunday.
“It feels as if the spirit of Martin Luther King made it possible to bring together so many people to help, and share what they have in common in these times of division,” he said.
Levinson invited residents of Los Angeles will not wait for the holiday again to volunteer and help. He recommended visiting the portal www.bigsunday.org to see all community events where they can contribute.
Nurse Rosa Castilian wine are two children of 18 and 14 to help sort clothes, fold and store in bags. It is the first time that it is voluntary. “My daughter is in high school invited me to come because he knows I like to help where I can,” he explained while digging from a huge and long pile of clothing.
Roberta Reyes and her husband brought their daughter Kaitlyn 13 years who is president of the students at a middle school in Cerritos.
“It’s the first time we come, and it is wonderful to see how many people come to shake hands , “he said. While her daughter Kaitlyn said she likes helping it further shows leadership among his classmates and encouraged to participate as volunteers.
“To All at Big Sunday, Now, more than ever, we need the goodwill that you share and the good works that you do”
- — L.B., Los Angeles