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ULM and LDCC partner for MLK Day of Service

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 7:48 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Working together to create hope in the lives of others. That’s one of the goals during Monday’s Day of Service.

For the last 12 years, ULM and Lousiana Delta Community College have joined forces to help our local community. This year, students, faculty and community members donated food and personal items for the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank.

Dr. Pamela Higgins Saulsberry with the ULM Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is leading the effort.

“We saw this about 10 years ago for our students to learn not only inside the classroom, but outside the classroom and to do so in a partnership because we have all the same goal: to help the community,” Saulsberry said, Executive Director at ULM.

She and Alvina Thomas with Louisiana Delta Community College believe this year is different than in years past.

“It’s so important and especially now because so many families have gone without due to COVID-19 and losing their jobs and just not having enough food in their homes,” Thomas said, Dean of Student Success Services at LDCC.

“If we are in a position to help someone eat, one of the basic needs that we have. Then, we should do that. Obviously, MLK believed in doing unto others as we would have them do unto us,” Saulsberry said.

They hope events like this will encourage more people to lend a helping hand and help others.

“In such a time as this, what Martin Luther King stood for is very much needed today, and that’s having a just and equal society for everybody. This is an opportunity for everybody to work towards that,” Saulsberry said.

“It’s really important this year that we help and provide hope where there is no hope,” Thomas said.

Today, dozens of boxes were filled by students. They will be delivered to the food bank tomorrow.

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