Volunteers give back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Molly Waldron

Volunteers give back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

CREATED Jan. 21, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Residents around the Valley laced up their boots and put on their gloves, joining in the nationwide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

For many, it's a day off. But for others, it's time to get out those shovels and get to work.

Clark County students teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help make Las Vegas a better place to live.

"Martin Luther King Jr. was really important and he really emphasized the community, so in honor of him it's good to come and do that," said Laura Prieto, a student at Las Vegas Academy.

Over at Three Square Food Bank, locals chipped in by filling backpacks with food for kids.

"There are people that certainly could be doing many other personal things today with their friends and families, but they choose to come and serve the Three Square," said Brian Burton, CEO. "So that really encourages our whole community, especially helping to fight hunger." 

NV Energy workers and their families came out for a day full of giving back.

"This is to help cover weekends when they go home, so kids aren't hungry," said Tony Sanchez, who volunteered with NV Energy. "You can't learn if you're hungry. You can't learn if you're always wondering where your next meal is going to come from. So I think that's why you see as many employees as you do here today." 

Whatever form the help comes in, it's all for the good of the community.

"At the end of the day, you see a job well done," said Kailie Johnson, a student volunteer from Coronado High School. "It's just rewarding to see all of our hard work put towards someone else."