The lessons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lived on in Lawton Monday as volunteers worked to make their community a better place.
For the fifth consecutive year, Cameron University coordinated an areawide Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the help of the City of Lawton, the United Way of Lawton-Fort Sill and Cameron Campus Ministries. Cameron employees and students, Girl Scouts and members of numerous community organizations descended on work sites to paint, clean and organize.
This year, the Day of Service also included a collection drive for hygiene items and other daily necessities for local shelters and charities associated with the United Way. Volunteers took donations at all three Country Mart locations, Sam's Club, Staples and the Wal-Mart on Quanah Parker Trailway.
This year, the Day of Service also expanded to multiple work sites, instead of just a few. Jennifer Holland, vice president for student services at Cameron, said volunteers were spread out to 33 different places in the community.