Brandon Asiede (back), and his buddy James Fleming, both 11… (Photo by Phil Grout )
SYKESVILLE — Other teens may have seen Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a day off school, but David Kreinar, a Boy Scout in Troop 719, tapped the philosophical meaning of the day to create "A Day Of Service," on Monday, Jan. 16.
Following on the quotation from Coretta Scott King that the holiday should be, "a day on, not a day off," the event gave opportunities for people to donate their time to help local charitable and outreach causes.
And that theme was seized by many others, as more than 200 people pitched to provide services of all types to ocal people in need.
The event, held at St. Joseph's Catholic Community, Sykesville, served as Kreinar's Eagle Scout project, and was also sponsored by St. Joseph's Youth Ministry.
"I think it went well, said Kreinar, of the event, which he started planning two years ago.
"Every Scout, to get Eagle, has to do an Eagle Project," Kreinar, 14, said. "(The project) has to have a lasting effect on the community. Most Scouts take a physical effect, like making a bench. I decided to do something with both mental and physical effects."
Kreinar advertised the event in local schools and churches, and about 170 people signed up in advance to attend, with walk-ins adding to the total.
Barbara Kreinar, David's mom, said in an email that her son spent the autumn months fund raising, so that he would be able to purchase the supplies for the different stations.
"When we first started planning it, we were not expecting this many people or this much done," David Kreinar admitted. "I didn't have enough stuff to keep everybody busy for four hours."
Projects completed included construction and painting of 16 bird houses for Piney Run Park and the Hill Family Center; 50 blankets for Project Linus; 100 bag lunches for Table of Grace; 20 casseroles for Our Daily Bread at St. Joseph; 100 silk flower arrangements for Transitions Nursing Home in Sykesville; and 250 cards for Operation Maryland Welcome Home.
Many of those attending also brought a canned good to donate to Carroll Food Sunday.
Those attending could also buy lunch, with proceeds also going to help offset the costs of the supplies for the projects. Barbara Kreinar said any extra money earned will be donated to the youth group's mission trip in June.
Kreinar is thankful for all the help he received from his family, fellow Scouts and others.
"There were some pretty big jobs to be done," Kreinar said. "A lot of different people helped."
The youth ministry at St. Joseph's is planning to host another Day of Service next year, and Kreinar said he will assist with the planning.
"I'll tell them the things that worked and the things that didn't work," he said.