Red Cross to host MLK event in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An event aimed at getting the community together to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. is returning to Charleston.

The American Red Cross of West Virginia will host the fourth annual event Saturday at the Martin Luther King Community Center on Donnally Street.

“It’s really an opportunity for the Red Cross and AmeriCorps. We’re going to have vistas and VetCorps members and community organizations there to really try to realize the dream of Dr. King about community support and unity,” said Krista Farley, communications director of the Red Cross, ahead of Martin Luther King Day on Monday.

Farley was a guest on Friday’s edition of 580 Live.

The event will include activities, food and guest speakers. Educational booths will also be set up.

Mike Webb, armed services manager for the Red Cross, said it’s important for residents to know what resources are out there for them and how much they’re willing to help.

“We are an organization about volunteers from the community. We’re community based. This is just another way for us to promote being in the community,” said Webb, who was also on 580 Live.

The Red Cross has assisted hundreds of West Virginians during disaster-type situations, more recently, during the Christmas Day flooding in Kanawha County. Farley said volunteers made the choice to leave their families that day to make sure people had places to stay, clothes to wear and food to eat.

“It’s an amazing thing every day to go to work and know that these volunteers are giving everything they have,” she said.

Saturday’s event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.