JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was Martin Luther King Jr Service Day around the country Saturday and volunteers stepped up to answer King's well-known question:
What are you doing for others?
"You are answering Dr. King's call, how could we better commemorate his memory than helping people?" saidJudy Smith, with HandsOn Jacksonville.
More than 300 volunteers gathered in the cold weather Saturday morning a rally to kick off the day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Some boarded buses to Northside neighborhoods to pass out United Way RealSense door-hangers, telling people about free tax preparation services offered that can save families up to $250.
Others went to Andrew Robinson Elementary school to replant and cleanup a peace garden there. Barbara Burford pulled weeds, Maura Hoffman put out mulch.
"To make a beautiful garden for kids at school who want a little sanctuary place to relax and think," said Hoffman.
"It helps other people and it makes me feel good," said Burford.
Other volunteers went to the Community Development Center on Moncrief Road to help 200 children decorate tiles that will be made into a one piece of art to promote peace.
Mark Register volunteered and got his two children out of bed early to help.
"Martin Luther King is a graduate of my college, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia so we thought it was really important. It's a small thing we can do today compared to what all the people did that came along before us to work through the struggle," Register said.
"I am supporting my faith which is service unto others, and it is great to see the children, see the smiles on thier faces, to give back to the community," said volunteerNatasha Graham.
City councilman Johnny Gaffney who spoke at the rally was ecstatic so many volunteered to help others.
"To enhance the quality of life of our community, to make it better for others, this is wonderful, this is a great day," Gaffney said.