Church holds food drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Members of the Royal Church of God in Christ collected about eight boxes of canned and other nonperishable food on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Rev. William Washington, pastor of the church on Sawyer Road in Kent, delivered the food today to Community Action of Orleans & Genesee in Albion. Rev. Washington is pictured in the top photo with his nephews, Mark Washington (center) and Anthony Washington.

The donations for the food pantry come at a good time, said Nate Varland, director of housing and supportive services for Community Action. The agency sees a surge in donations around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but giving tends to drop after the holidays.

“Post holidays we have a lull in donations,” he said. “Mid-winter is a time when we don’t see a lull in need.”

Nate Varland of Community Action is pictured with Rev. William Morrell Washington, pastor of the Royal Church of God in Christ.

Washington said the church wants to make service a big part of honoring Dr. King every year his holiday is celebrated. About 100 people attend the church, and Washington said the group would like to work with Community Action with other projects during the year.

“This is just a start,” he said about the food donations. “We’d like to see the real needs for Community Action so we can assist them on a regular basis.”