Imitating Martin Luther King Jr. starts by following Jesus, local teens say (VIDEO)

IRA TOWNSHIP — During the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, more than 600 teenagers and volunteers fanned out across the Archdiocese of Detroit in service to their communities.

At Immaculate Conception Parish in Ira Township, teens hosted a canned food and clothing drive and made cards for senior citizens in nursing homes. Rocco Smith, one of the young volunteers, said honoring King by serving others is what the civil rights leader would have wanted — not to mention a good example of Christian love.

“Martin Luther King was all about unity, so I think we’re honoring him by gathering up these clothes and giving them to people,” said Smith.

Meanwhile, teens from St. Lawrence Parish in Utica volunteered sorting boxes and organizing donations for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

“Even if you’re not going out and evangelizing, per se, people still know by your actions that you’re following in Jesus’ footsteps,” added Leah Raymond.