President-Elect asks all Americans to help each other.
The local Hunger Defense Fund has been selected as the
beneficiary of the first National Day of Service project by organizers from the
Obama for America Committee.
In honor of the 2009 National Day of Service and to
celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the President-Elect has
asked Americans to step up and volunteer at local charities. The food bank was
chosen by the local organizing committee.
“I will ask for your service and your active citizenship
when I am President of the United States,”
said Obama. “This will not be a call
issued in one speech or program; this will be a cause of my presidency.”
In response, the Presidential Inauguration Committee has
organized 4,000 groups in 2,000 cities nationwide to plan, organize, and stage
non-partisan community service events in their neighborhoods for the weekend of
January 17-19 – the weekend before Obama’s inauguration on January 20. Since Congress sanctioned the National Day of
Service on Martin Luther King Day, these historic events have combined to unite
Americans in a common goal – renewing our nation from the ground up.
One group per Congressional district was chosen and HDF will
represent the 25th District. The HDF is a non-profit humanitarian relief organization
located in Santa Clarita that responds to natural disasters in the United
States and around the world by providing food, water, clothing, blankets,
personal hygiene items and more to children and families in need. Sadly,
the immediate crisis in Santa Clarita is not a natural disaster but an economic
one. Due to rampant foreclosures and increasing
job losses, the HDF has received a 52% increase of recipient families in the
Santa Clarita Valley over last year.
In partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley chapter of
Junior Chamber International (the SCV Jaycees), the Obama for America Committee
will stock and distribute foodstuffs, as well as help HDF recipients load their
vehicles on Saturday, January 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The HDF warehouse is located at 26450
It is not heated, so the HDF’s staff recommends that you bring warm,
comfortable clothing and a warm beverage to ward off the chill.
Please roll up your sleeves, just as President-Elect Obama
and Vice President-Elect Biden will do on the eve of their inauguration. To register online, visit the Renew America Together
website at www.usaservice.org , click
on “Find an Event,” and enter your zip code.
To register with the local Obama for America Committee, contact event
coordinator DawnAnn Spittle at (661) 288-1304 or email@example.com .
If you cannot participate on January 17, you can still help
the Hunger Defense Fund by donating dry goods, operating supplies, personal
hygiene items, or shelving. These items
are needed year-round and in higher-than-normal volume for the additional families
that need relief right here in Santa Clarita.
As President-Elect Obama said, “When you choose to serve – whether
it’s your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood – you are
connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That’s why it’s called the American dream.”