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Thousands In Delaware Valley Honored Dr. Martin Luther King

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this day of service, Girard College was overflowing with people donating canned goods and volunteering their time.

A record 125, 000 volunteers throughout the Delaware Valley stepped up to make a difference.

It was a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

"This crowd proves that Philadelphia is committed to the dream. They want to come and learn and be inspired," African American Museum CEO Patricia Wilson Aden said.

Many braved the cold in line to get in. Today admission to the museum was free thanks to a corporate sponsor. Teens like Kaylah Hodges say the MLK workshops are exciting.

"He fought for everybody's rights and made it known that it's okay to fight for something as long as you use peace," Hodges said.

All over the city it was a day of honoring Dr. King in Germantown at Henry H. Houston Elementary School, students and volunteers painted and cleaned.

At Overbrook high school, a face lift with volunteers including district attorney Seth Williams helping with a fresh coat of paint.

And in Manna's Kitchen, dozens of children and families rolled up their sleeves to bake, package cookies, and made cards to be delivered to the sick. Sue Daugherty is the executive director.

"MLK always asked the important question…what are you doing for others? I think the kids get that. They're packing the bags and they know the bags are going to the households of people who really need help," Daughtery said.

And with all cheerful faces and elation in this kitchen it looks like many of the volunteers are inspired.

"I'm really excited. I've never really baked before with my family or with this community of a family," Volunteer Franklin Black said.

"It's a special day to help people like everyone help pitch in and help those less fortunate," Jasmine Masino, a 5th Grade volunteer said.

FOX 29's Thalia Perez said one of the most amazing things about today was seeing so many people of different ages and backgrounds doing different things and completing unique projects but with the same initiative.

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