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Young people inspired by Dr. King, and now, Barack Obama

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - There was a lot of baking, quilting and knitting at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Monday. All of it is going to the Iowa City Shelter House for the homeless.

Many of the volunteers there were young people, who have heard a call to action.

Hands busy with stitching a quilt, it was Kelly Ostrem's first time volunteering on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Like other young people, she felt compelled by Dr. King's call to civic service, which president-elect Barack Obama is echoing today.

"Hopefully he can inspire a lot of people," said Ostrem.

It's definitely inspired Americorps member Ramon Martinez, who says Obama's enthusiasm has spread from the East coast to the West coast.

He told us it's all about "being part of a day where a lot of people get together and help out."

He's seen more people his age getting involved with a food assistance program back in his home state of California.

"This generation is really filled with a lot of hard workers," he told us.

Church Coordinator Meg Wagner says community-wide, Obama's message of service is reaching younger ears.

"We have had a flurry of young people arrive," said Wagner. "Not just university students, but young children as well. I think parents this year are really intent on teaching their children about service."

Bryson Dean, who worked hard during the Obama campaign, is glad to see that a strong sense of community engagement didn't end there.

"I think there are young people beginning to understand and appreciate that we need to work together for a better America."

The church counted more than 180 volunteers through its doors on Monday.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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