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Schneider, Schakowsky Give Back to Honor King

Local members of Congress read to children, paint murals as part of National Day of Service honoring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Local members of Congress spread out through Washington Saturday taking books to a children’s hospital and sprucing up a children’s shelter as part of the National Day of Service honoring the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) took books to the National Children’s Medical Center while Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) helped paint a mural of First Lady Michelle Obama at the Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for homeless and runaway children.

“By serving today, we see the generosity of Americans and remember that we are all in this together,” Schakowsky said in a prepared statement. “This day allows us to take a moment and reflect.  We are reminded of Dr. King’s lessons, of those who need our help, and of our commitment to helping others.”

Schneider, joined by wife Julie Dann and son Daniel Schneider, went to the Children’s National Medical Center, the only exclusive pediatric-care facility in the Washington area, to donate books and read to children.

“The work being done (here) and children’s hospitals across the country is so incredibly important, and it is an honor to be able to help them in any way,” Schneider said in a release. “There are countless little things we can do to give back to our communities and being able to share my love of reading with kids is truly one of the most rewarding.”

The National Day of Service was started four years ago by President Barack Obama as a way to honor King’s legacy, according to Schakowsky.

marilyn January 21, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Charity work for the sake of publicity is kind of nauseating. People who volunteer because of what the calendar says aren't really being charitable, imo. It's nice and all...but it's the people who do stuff all the time, without broadcasting it, understand what charity really is. I know it sounds harsh, and any charity is probably good charity,,but the 'look at me! I'm working for charity!' is exactly what charity is NOT supposed to be.
chris January 21, 2013 at 02:09 PM
What a load. Should be renamed Phony press opportunity day for politicians. How about actually doing something for your districts?
Harry Gio January 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM
How about if people did GOOD things for others EVERY day instead of just ONE day per year...
Harry Gio January 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I wish my former tenants would give ME some charity in the tune of 2.5 million dollars for all the copper plumbing that they stole from my buildings over the last 11 years...

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