Monday morning members of different faiths including Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian worked outdoors clearing brush, picking up litter and planting trees and flowers along Morley Field at Balboa Park.
“We just think it’s important to remember Martin Luther King’s legacy,” said Jessica Strysko, Associate Pastor for First United Methodist Church of San Diego. “We think it’s important in our own world to come across our own differences by social justice and acts of service no matter what our faith traditions are.”
Afterwards, volunteers enjoyed a picnic together.
“This is a very, very important day for us here to celebrate Martin Luther King Day,” said Carmen Miner who volunteered during the day of service. “He died for all of us and so we want to keep that dream alive.”
The 6th annual event brought out about 450 people ranging in age from seniors to two month old Sadie. Her father, Mark Moyle said he wanted to start teaching his children about giving to others at young age.
“We hope that they learn to give back and that it’s important to be a member of the community as a whole,” said Moyle.
For 8 year old Kao Mahi the message of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was clear.
“It’s a really special day where everybody helps each other like how he said, ‘Always love your enemies.’”