MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Monday, January 18, 2021 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th, Lachat Farm will be hosting its annual Day of Service – a dedicated time for community reflection, education, and giving back. A huge thank you to our organizers and sponsors, On Purpose Family, TEAM Weston, and Keisha Fink.
Last year’s Day of Service was met with tremendous success as the community created 350 care packages for the Yale-New Haven Children Hospital’s Toy Closet. This year the goal is to donate 400 kindness bags to Filling in the Blanks, a Norwalk-based non-profit that provides children with meals on the weekends all over the state of CT.
How can you help? There are several ways to participate:
- Purchase items from the Amazon wish list that will be used to fill the kindness bags, which will be distributed to children who receive weekend meals from Filling in the Blanks.
- Sponsor a kindness bag for $25 by donating through the Lachat website. The donation will be used to purchase items from the wish list.
- Visit Lachat Farm on Monday, January 18th from 9am-4pm to fill the kindness bags and write a note of kindness.
As a thank you and to support this day of reflection, each family will receive:
- A copy of A Ride to Remember, which tells the true story of how a ride on a carousel became a powerful Civil Rights statement;
- An “I Have a Dream” carousel craft packet; and
- A zoom link to an exclusive interview with A Ride to Remember co-authors Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan. This zoom link especially designed for Lachat Town Farm’s MLK event will include a reading of the book by Tony award-winning star of Hamilton, Renee Goldsberry and an interview hosted by Weston’s own Liz Cho of ABC-TV. We hope that families will watch this interview together and reflect on how they can contribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision!
About A Ride to Remember
A Ride to Remember was co-authored by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan. Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride a carousel when many amusement parks were segregated. Her ride in a Baltimore park coincided with Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington in August of 1963, when he delivered the I Have a Dream speech. Ms. Langley’s carousel ride demonstrates how children make a difference in the world.