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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
Saturday thousands of Americans rolled up their sleeves and volunteered their time. It was the National Day of Service---part of Inauguration Weekend designed to honor Martin Luther King, Junior.
Mick Wilson spent part of his Saturday afternoon vacuuming. He was volunteering his time at Families Helping Families of Iowa.
"I just like to give back to the community," said Wilson.
The organization was one of several not-for-profits that saw new volunteers Saturday as a part of National Day of Service. The Cedar Rapids group serves the area's more than 900 foster children and was glad to have some extra hands.
"When you get a child into your home, you don't have clothing or diapers or coats so we provide those basic needs to the foster children," said Krystal Miskell, Families Helping Families of Iowa.
"I feel for foster children and their situation," said Joanie Wilson, Volunteer. "I don't think our kids realize how good they have it and how bad some kids do have it so it just feels really good to donate my time and our efforts to this worthwhile cause."
Joanie Wilson and her son were two of more than 1,000 Iowans who spent the day volunteering. The National Day of Service was organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee as a way to honor Martin Luther King, Junior during this weekend's inauguration festivities.
While some organized clothes, others painted the basement at one of four oaks's residential treatment centers.
"We've got events happening in Cedar Rapids, all over Iowa, there are basements being painted all across the country right now so it's a great thing and it's national and there are thousands of volunteers participating in it," said Sarah Van Deest, Organizer.
While this event may have been organized by a political group, the volunteers say it's just nice to have an opportunity to give back.
"I think it's a sense of returning something to a community," said Tom Van Deest, Volunteer.
Several organizations in the area will be hosting Day of Service events on Monday which is the official celebration of Martin Luther King, Junior Day.
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