Martin Luther King Jr. Day inspires South Bay volunteers to pitch in

CAMPBELL, Calif. (KGO) -- San Tomas Park in Campbell was the sight of communities coming together on Monday as many observed Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day as a day on, not off.

"One of Reverend King's multiple legacies has been to become civically engaged in your community," Supervisor Susan Ellenberg of District 4 said. "Regardless of your age, regardless of your resources everyone can do something."

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That goal was achieved. More than one hundred volunteers showed up for the park beautification project at San Tomas. It was their way of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His day of service is meant to inspire, create solutions to social problem and bring neighborhoods closer to Dr. King's dream of a "Beloved Community."

The whole concept of the day may have been a lot for 4-year-old Calvin Hasbrook to grasp, but he knew he was there to help. He showed off his gardening skills to an ABC7 News crew.

Across town, another group of volunteers planted 32 new trees in San Jose.

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"It's amazing to be able to provide the education of environmental stewardship and the importance of planting trees and how it benefits the community," Briana Horta of Our City Forest said.

The benefits will be felt long after the holiday is over.

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