FLINT TWP. — Volunteers are needed to help make survival bracelets for Operation Gratitude (OG), as part of the 2015 MLK Jr. National Day of Service from 1-4 p.m. Monday, January 19, at Davenport University- Flint, 4318 Miller Road.
Volunteers will help make more 400 bracelets for distribution by Operation Gratitude, an organization that annually sends 150,000- plus care packages to new military recruits, veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and other individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. The packages are filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene, hand-made items and personal letters of appreciation,
OG will include the survival bracelets in the care packages to overseas service people. Organizers also will partner with local police, fire and military units and EMT departments to distribute the bracelets in Genesee County.
Survival bracelets are used as a general-purpose utility cord by military personnel and civilians. These bracelets are made out of lightweight nylon rope constructed to hold 550 pounds. These really cool looking bracelets have been proven to be useful in all kinds of situations.
Davenport volunteers will make bracelets by braiding/ weaving para cord. No special skills are needed.
Along with this program, at 6 p.m. Davenport also is hosting the MLK’s Moving Beyond Prejudice Movie Night, featuring the movie “The Last White Knight.” This 2012 documentary release by filmmaker Paul Saltzman chronicles his return to Mississippi in 2007 to confront a Klansman who violently assaulted him in the mid-1960s while Saltzman, at age 21, was serving as a volunteer student civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. It is a story of reconciliation and tolerance.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Wilma Mitchell by calling 810-396-3635 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. — R.S.