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Martin Luther King National Day of Service Starts Early

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Dr. Martin Luther King was once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Friday, volunteers answer that question at Sweet Basil Park in Panama City.

"We aren't grounds keepers or anything," said GoodWorks Coordinator John Shaffer. "But, we have a lot of willing volunteers a lot of willing hands."

The GoodWorks program is a result of a partnership between AmeriCorps and Goodwill.

Shaffer says this event exemplifies a concept Martin Luther King believed in.

"One little drop in the pond and the ripples go out from there," said Shaffer. "That's what I emailed these people this morning. I said 'thanks to you, each individual makes an impact which then impacts Goodwill and AmeriCorps, which then impacts the community and others.

"So each person makes a difference."

Volunteers came from as far as Marianna and Port St. Joe to donate their time.

"We are all aware of the needs in the community," said volunteer Anthony Keeton. "And we are willing to get out there and do something about it."

AmeriCorps members have served more than 1 billion hours nationwide since 1994. Adding to those hours with rakes, weed eaters, and wheelbarrows volunteers hope others take notice.

"More people are made aware of things and people talk about it will make them go 'I wonder what I can do,'" said Keeton.

"Actually, I've already seen several that are passing by wondering what exactly is going on," said Aprille Lawson. "I do believe people are already taking notice."