Oakland mom and daughter deliver 'kindness bags' door-to-door in honor of MLK Day

ByAndrew Morris KGO logo
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Mom, daughter share 'kindness bags' door-to-door for MLK Day
An East Bay mother and daughter marked this Martin Luther King Junior Day by sharing their kindness in delivering handmade gift bags in their Oakland neighborhood. They say this was their alternative service act this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- In a year that has been dominated by the nation's quest for racial and social justice in America, the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been a worthy starting point in reflecting on his monumental legacy of equality.

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But like almost everything else in the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has forced countless traditions and events to pivot to a socially-distanced form. That includes one mother and daughter duo in Oakland.

Lisa and Lilah Sadikman of Oakland had to rethink their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day act of service, but still marked the day with a unique idea to honor the legendary humanitarian's pursuit of equal love.

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The Sadikmans filled gift bags with candy, lemons from their own lemon tree, wildflower seeds, and a written note with words of kindness. The mother and daughter got the inspiration for the project because their lemon tree was exceptionally fruitful this year.

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"It's been hard and so we want to spread the sunshine and the light," said Lilah Sadikman. "What we want to do is honor Dr. King's vision of love, compassion, freedom and equality."

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The Sadikmans then left one gift bag at each home in their neighborhood, a total of 49 handmade gift bags in all.

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