It's just a few days until the Martin Luther King Day holiday, and many of you will have the day off from work, and your kids will be home from school.
Instead of staying home and relaxing, I hope everyone, especially in light of what's happening in Haiti, will consider using your time to volunteer.
In recent years, more and more people are using this holiday as an opportunity to be of service to others or to attend programs or events honoring Dr. King.
What better way to celebrate the life of this American hero, and if you have children, start a tradition of helping others?
There's a website that can help you find out where to volunteer on Monday. It's MLKDay.gov, and it's very easy to use.
Just enter your zip code to find projects near you. If you don't see any opportunities listed, try any of your local non-profits, or just take your kids to the park and pick up litter, visit a nursing home, or call your local churches or schools and see if they have a need. You can also check your newspaper or local calendar of events for Martin Luther King Day activities.
Whatever you decide, I hope you'll consider not just taking the day off, but will honor Dr. King in some way and pass on to your children the importance of this national holiday.