‘Day of Giving’ to honor MLK in Fort Mill Jan. 21

FORT MILL — Monday, Jan. 21, might mean the final day of a three-day weekend for students and many of their parents, but in the Town of Fort Mill, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is an opportunity to celebrate the late civil rights leader’s message.

Up until a couple of years ago, the town celebrated the holiday with a program that typically featured local speakers and performances by school children. A new tradition has since emerged: A Day of Giving. The event asks residents to bring non-perishable food, gloves and hats to Town Hall that will be donated to the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen in Rock Hill and the Fort Mill Church of God food pantry.

This year, residents who come to Town Hall, 200 Tom Hall Street, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. will also have the opportunity to write a note to deployed U.S. service members.

Fort Mill area residents and businesses also use the day off to perform community service projects on MLK Day.

“We have a very loving and giving community, so when we revamped the MLK event from a ceremony to a Day of Giving, the response was overwhelming,” Fort Mill town spokesperson Carolina Hasty said.

“Parents would bring their kids with canned goods and gloves in hand. Kids were excited to give to others. This year we are adding a note writing to soldiers to the day. People can come in drop off their donations and write an encouraging note to soldiers that are deployed. Wouldn’t it be great to have soldiers come in from the field to a table fill of encouragement from Fort Mill, South Carolina?”

For more information, email chasty@fortmillsc.gov.