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National Day of Service

Today is the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and it is also the National Day of Service, which marks Barack Obama's bid to inspire a volunteer movement across the country.

If you are here in D.C., Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is hosting an event at RFK Stadium, during which volunteers will put together 15,000 care packages for troops. No matter where you are, you can find an event nearby if you search here.

About 8,500 events across the country are listed on the site, topping the 5,000 events recorded last year, according to a federal agency that promotes the service day. About 500,000 people participated last year in service activities, reports the Post's Nikita Stewart.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 19, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  | Category:  Volunteers
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