LIMA — In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Lima Community Development (LCD) is launching an initiative to promote the works of Dr. King and provide help to those in need.
The LCD organized a charitable plan to help stock up three partner agencies with food and other supplies to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The agencies who will benefit from the event will be the West Ohio Food Bank (WOFB), Our Daily Bread and the Samaritan House.
According to event organizer and LCD Neighborhood Specialist Sydni Winkler, Lima Senior High School (for WOFB), the Northern Avenue Chief Supermarket (for Our Daily Bread) and the South Main Street Lima Fire Department (for Samaritan House) have all stepped up to be host sites for donations.
The 10-day event officially begins on Friday when the host sites set out donation bins and will run until Martin Luther King Jr. day on January 17 — that’s when the bins of donations will be delivered to the proper agency.
Winkler said the idea to accept donations happened rather organically when someone mentioned it would be nice to have a charitable cause in honor of Dr. King. From there she picked up the phone and began calling agencies to ask if they had needed help with supplies.
“Some said they did. So, I called some of our partners to be donation sites and was able to match three of them up with the agencies,” Winkler said. “We have great partners and each of the three wasted no time to offer their space to us.”
Winkler is a bit nervous but looks forward to seeing how the event turns out and is hoping to make it a yearly tradition.
“I would like it to become an annual event because it embodies what Martin Luther King was all about and there’s a lot of need this time of year that we can help fill,” Winkler said. “I’m hoping we do well this year and then I would like to see how we can grow it into the future.”