Release Date: 
Thursday, January 15, 2009
April Enderton
President, Des Moines Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
(515) 282-0049

National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
to Coordinate Service Project

Project Will Honor Martin Luther King Day

Des Moines, Iowa (January 15, 2009): The Des Moines chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa will be participating in the 14th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service on Saturday, January 17, 2009.  The event will take place at the local chapter meeting of the Des Moines chapter that day, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  They will be accepting donations of adult winter clothes such as socks, gloves, and blankets, as well as canned foods for the Tree of Life Homeless Ministry and other homeless groups.

Date:      Saturday, January 17, 2009
Time:      1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Address:  524 Fourth Street
              Des Moines, Iowa

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, directing the King Center and the Corporation for National and Community Service to carry out a day of service reflecting Dr. King's life and teachings.

Governor Chet Culver said, "Dr. King's legacy represents hope and reminds us that we all play a role in making not only Iowa, but the world, a better place.  Dr. King set an example through his words and actions.  Lt. Governor Judge and I remain committed to making Iowa a state that embraces diversity, celebrates differences, and is a place where all people can achieve the American dream."

"This is a great opportunity for our members to reach out and help others in our community," April Enderton, president of the Des Moines chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, said.

Iowa has a strong tradition of service and consistently ranks in the top ten states in volunteer rates.  Martin Luther King Day of Service provides the recognition and exposure to keep Iowa a leader in community service and volunteerism.

For more information, please contact April Enderton at (515) 282-0049.  For more information about the national day of service, please visit