As part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Islip Rotary Club and Islip High School Interact Club have worked together to support United Veterans Beacon House and have organized a donation event for daily essential items (especially for the winter months) for those in need. Legis. Tom Cilmi’s office on East Main Street in East Islip has served as the primary donation location.
The collection at the legislator’s office ended on Tuesday, though the last call for collection is scheduled for Thursday at 2:15 p.m. at Islip High School on Union Boulevard. Cilmi, the Rotary, the Interact Club and representatives from United Veterans Beacon House will appear at the event. Beacon House will pick up the donated items and distribute them on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20.
Interact Club advisor Nancy Reagan said all the schools district-wide were notified of the donation and Thursday’s event. Reagan expressed that Martin Luther King Day of Service is a great opportunity for the Interact Club to exemplify the mantra, “service above self.”
“MLK Day of Service was established to demonstrate preservation of the community over preservation of one’s self,” she said. “We have chosen this project to honor the wishes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to encourage citizen actions against moral injustices.”
Beacon House, located in Bay Shore, has served the community for 25 years and provides both permanent and temporary housing for veterans and their families so they may lead productive lives. It also helps those who suffer from homelessness, physical disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, mental health issues and addictions.
“They are in desperate need of daily essential items for those they aid in recovery,” Reagan said. “We are initiating this project to jumpstart a new tradition within the Islip community to help promote our belief of ‘service above self’ in honor of MLK Day of Service.”
The event at Islip High School on Thursday afternoon is open to the public and is a last chance to donate to this cause.