Martin Luther King , Jr. Day

Julie,

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Since 1994, the Martin Luther King holiday has been designated a national day of service in honor of King’s legacy.  In a few hours, I’m joining my daughter and her classmates at Harvesters, a local food bank, where we will spend the morning sorting food, or cleaning eggs or doing whatever it is this wonderful non-profit needs in order to get food to those in need.

You and I learned the value of service and our responsibility to give back to our community while undergraduates at Georgetown, under the Jesuit motto of “men and women for others.”  I like to think we both have tried to continue a tradition of service on into our adult lives.

I know you’ve done your part to give back to your community by hosting several shopping events at Julia Farr where a percentage of the sales was donated to a non-profit.  And, I know you also carry the wonderful FEED bag, where a portion of the sale price is donated to feed people in specific areas of the world.

I think it’s wonderful and admirable to see fashion companies who have made giving back to others an integral part of their mission, like Toms Shoes.

For every pair of shoes purchased, Toms gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need.

Even a well-established designer like Ralph Lauren has integrated philanthropy into his fashion.

Proceeds from his Pink Pony Collection fund programs for early diagnosis, education, treatment and research of breast cancer and bring quality cancer care to medically underserved communities.

Those are all styles that I can get on board with.

Ann

Images: FEED, Toms, Ralph Lauren

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