Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

by Grace Bonney

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so before we start our normal schedule of home tours and design ideas, I wanted to take a moment to pause and honor the work and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are a number of ways to honor the achievements and messages Dr. King stood for, but the way that’s always meant the most to me is participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This addition to the holiday was signed into effect in 1994 and calls on citizens to do their part in giving back to their communities. Whether you’re donating time, goods or financial support, if you’re able to help out those around you today, I hope you’ll take the time to continue that message of doing good for others. Our team is planning to donate time and goods to charities in the Brooklyn area, but if you have plans to give back today, I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below. I’m always so inspired by the ideas you guys have for giving back, so I hope your thoughts will motivate everyone reading to take a moment to help someone else in need. And, if you haven’t had a chance to donate your goods from your New Year’s clean, this would be a great chance to drop them off somewhere in your area that could use the help. xo, grace

*Print above from Old English Co., $16

Print above from Cloud and Clover, $11

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