Travis Manion Foundation Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project Event, Pasadena, Maryland January 15, 2024

Grace Shike, Senior Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Region Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) organized a special Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service project to honor his life and to carry on the legacy of his selfless sacrifice and service. It was held at the Boys and Girls (B&G) Club Freetown Village in Pasadena, MD.  Grace invited MD Chapter moms, their family, and friends to participate.  Gold Star moms Donna Robinson, Janice Chance, and Maria Chambers represented the MD Chapter.   They joined Grace, Darrell Ferguson, B&G Club Director, Aylana Walker, B&G club staff member, Janice’s daughter, US Army Iraq Veteran Jenine Melton, son Joshua Melton, step niece Nicole Beckford,  Maria’s sister Debra Cook, Gold Star daughter Bree Fayne, several TMF regular veteran volunteers, Dana Burl, Program Director Communications, Outreach, and Advocacy Programs Department of Veterans Affairs and other patriots. The volunteers assembled bag lunches for children and others experiencing food insecurity in the community. The volunteers also wrote notes of encouragement that were placed in each lunch bag and the remaining notes were given to the Club Director to distribute to children that come into the club. According to the bgca.org website the B& G Club provides a safe place to play, grow and learn while empowering youth to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy, productive lives.  The volunteers shared that they had a wonderful time and are looking forward to other opportunities to serve with TMF.