CHELTENHAM >> In collaboration with Cheltenham’s NAACP and township and state government officials, Arcadia University honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free community shredding and donation event, a remembrance on campus and a recognition ceremony.
The university’s Community and Civic Engagement Center hosted the student-led MLK Day of Service Repurposing, eWaste and Shredding event, which collected gently used items for regional nonprofit organizations. Visitors could also securely and sustainably dispose of electronics through 611 Metals Recycling and documents with ShredOne.
“An event like this engages the community and memorializes Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Talia Giles, ’18, organizer of the repurposing event. “As a community, we are coming together to support organizations that then help support people in need throughout the region.”
In total, the collection and donation event brought more than 1,000 community members to campus to fill the wish lists of 13 organizations, including Philadelphia Reads, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, The Baby Bureau, Cradles to Crayons and Philly Paws. This year, the collection emphasized the need for winter coats and baby supplies for victims of Hurricane Maria who have relocated to Philadelphia.
“I love this event,” said Flourtown resident Kate Boczar, who unloaded donations of clothing, bedding, coats and kitchen appliances. “[People] want to give back, and it provides a sustainable way to do it.”
The university community also participated in America Sings Together, a nationwide event that brought community groups together to sing “Amazing Grace” at 11 a.m. in their local time zone, as well as hosted the eighth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Program with the Cheltenham NAACP.