"I will ask all Americans to make a renewed commitment to serving their communities and their country," Obama said on YouTube.
Many in Lubbock answered President-Elect Barack Obama's call to service, in part to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this day of observance. NewsChannel 11 visited some locations where Lubbockites spent the day making a difference in other's lives.
"A balloon floating up in the earth," Camille Ford said. It's a drawing of kindness, which when complete, will be part of 7-year-old Camille's valentine for a complete stranger. "We like the idea of doing something for someone else," Deborah Ford, Camille's mom said.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream which, more than 40 years later, comes in the form a valentine here at the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. "It's because it's Martin Luther King Day and we're here to remember his legacy of service and just the importance that has for all of us," Volunteer Center of Lubbock Program Coordinator Jenny Young said.
Hands of all ages cut and glued kindness for Meals on Wheels clients. Camille's mom says they are making valentines after they received Barack Obama's call to service. "We get emails from the Barack Obama's transition team and they sent out an email about the national day of service," Deborah said.
Across town, compassion for others came in the form of volunteers packing food boxes at the South Plains Food Bank. "We couldn't do what we do without our volunteers. They make all the difference in the world for what we do here at the food bank and more importantly to the people we serve," South Plains Food Bank Executive Director David Weaver said.
Some 25 people took time out of their day to put together about 250 boxes. Weaver says without those boxes many of their clients would go hungry. One of those volunteers is Fred Christoffel, who woke his two daughters Amber and Nina up early to help on their day off. "It's critical. Just the opportunity to help out, help other people, well to help out the food bank because they don't have the staff to do it all. So I think it's a very easy thing that anybody can do," Christoffel said.
The cards made at the Volunteer Center of Lubbock will be given out by Meals on Wheels the week of Valentine's Day. Monday's goal was 575 valentines. Organizers say they got close to their goal and plan to finish at a later date.
Hundreds Celebrate Martin Luther King Day
Sunday night hundreds of people filled the Civic Center for Lubbock's 38th annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.