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January 17, 2013
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Give back to the community on MLK Day

Humanists Doing Good, a Grand Valley nonprofit focused on "doing good for the sake of good," is encouraging everyone to donate blood and do good works Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The event, called "Blood, Sweat and Cheers," also encourages other good deeds - volunteer efforts to improve the community garden at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue. Blood donation and garden efforts will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and food will be available afterward. Volunteers plan to end the day at The Ale House at 2531 N. 12th St.

"One of the primary goals of the day is to rejuvenate raised garden boxes that are used by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, so that people with multiple sclerosis can carry out recreational gardening during the warmer months of the year," a news release said. "Adding to the theme of service to others, the St. Mary's Bloodmobile will be present to draw blood in a comfortable and climate-controlled environment. This will also allow volunteers a place to warm up while still helping others."

Jesse Bond, the executive director of Humanists Doing Good, recommends that anyone planning to participate in the Jan. 21 event should dress in warm, layered clothing and bring gloves.

Humanists Doing Good focuses on charitable activities and good works throughout the Grand Valley, creating a sense of fellowship and community for the nonreligious and promoting secular education and activism. The group typically carries out two volunteer activities per month, one educational event and one social gathering.

For more information about Humanists Doing Good or the upcoming event, call 970-623-2598 or visit

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