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Atlanta VA Medical Center Celebrates Martin Luther King Day
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Veteran Patients to be given Donated Books

The Atlanta VA Medical Center will celebrate Martin Luther King Day 2011 by collecting books which will be donated to Veteran patients, and by supporting a family in need…all in keeping with the question asked by Dr. King: “What are you doing for others?”

In keeping with the theme, “Honoring Legacy,” the Black Employment Program at the medical center celebrated the day with generous activities in honor of MLK Day.

Medical Center Director James A. Clark asked Voluntary Service, which partnered with the Black Employment Program, to celebrate MLK Day with the special programs.

Focusing on their two service projects at the Medical Center, Adopt-a-Family and the Employee Book Drive for Veterans/Patients, the medical center staff responded to Dr. King’s call to “do for others.”

Each year, the Black Employment Program, sponsors a family for the holiday season through the non-profit organization Family First.

This year staff also hosted an Employee Book Drive for Veterans. The books and magazines will be given to Veteran patients and placed in patient waiting areas. The book drive is another initiative supported by the Medical Center senior management to promote patient- and family-centered care.

According to Oyindamola Olowokere, Program Specialist of the Mental Health Service Line, each book has a sticker that says, “Donated by a VA employee.”

Related link:
  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service