Teens reach out to others during Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (PHOTOS)

Teenagers from the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak prepare to canvas the neighborhood with grocery carts looking for "scavenger hunt" items to benefit a shelter in Detroit as part of the Archdiocese of Detroit's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 14. (Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

ROYAL OAK — More than 400 teenagers from 12 vicariates in parishes across the Archdiocese of Detroit fanned out to serve others in need on Saturday, Jan. 14, part of the archdiocese's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

At the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, teens fanned out across the neighborhood to collect items as part of a "scavenger hunt" to benefit a homeless shelter in Detroit. At other parishes, such as St. Lawrence in Utica, members of the CYO basketball teams for St. Lawrence and St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills wrote prayers on crosses to give to others.

Here's a sample of photos from the day.

National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak

Photos by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic

St. Lawrence, Utica

Photos by Michelle Samartino | Special to Detroit Catholic

Basketball players and cheerleaders from both St. Lawrence Elementary School, Utica, and St. Hugo Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills, worked together to write prayers on crosses they cut out and designed to give to others for a Martin Luther King Day service project Jan. 14 coordinated by Jack Novak, youth ministry director at St. Lawrence Parish.
Basketball players and cheerleaders from both St. Lawrence Elementary School, Utica, and St. Hugo Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills, worked together to write prayers on crosses they cut out and designed to give to others for a Martin Luther King Day service project Jan. 14 coordinated by Jack Novak, youth ministry director at St. Lawrence Parish.
St. Lawrence varsity girls' basketball players create their crosses before their game against St. Hugo on Jan. 14.
St. Lawrence varsity girls' basketball players create their crosses before their game against St. Hugo on Jan. 14.
Vincent Newby, a sixth-grader at St. Lawrence Elementary School, prepares to write a prayer on the cross he creates.
Vincent Newby, a sixth-grader at St. Lawrence Elementary School, prepares to write a prayer on the cross he creates.
Griffin Bluthardt (right), an eighth-grader and basketball player from St. Hugo Elementary School, said the service project was "pretty cool" adding that writing prayers in conjunction with Martin Luther King Day was a great way to "spread a good message." Beside him are fellow eighth-graders and varsity basketball players Henry Dietz (center) and Griffin Delusky.
Griffin Bluthardt (right), an eighth-grader and basketball player from St. Hugo Elementary School, said the service project was "pretty cool" adding that writing prayers in conjunction with Martin Luther King Day was a great way to "spread a good message." Beside him are fellow eighth-graders and varsity basketball players Henry Dietz (center) and Griffin Delusky.
The varsity boys' basketball teams from St. Lawrence (left) and St. Hugo put aside their game-day competition Jan. 14 to gather together as one and write prayers on crosses they designed for a Martin Luther King service project at St. Lawrence Elementary School. The project was led by Jack Novak, youth ministry director at St. Lawrence Parish.
The varsity boys' basketball teams from St. Lawrence (left) and St. Hugo put aside their game-day competition Jan. 14 to gather together as one and write prayers on crosses they designed for a Martin Luther King service project at St. Lawrence Elementary School. The project was led by Jack Novak, youth ministry director at St. Lawrence Parish.
Cheerleaders from St. Lawrence Elementary School pose for a photo after creating and writing prayers on crosses they designed.
Cheerleaders from St. Lawrence Elementary School pose for a photo after creating and writing prayers on crosses they designed.
Ashley Royse (left) and Audrey Mesi, eighth-grade cheerleaders at St. Lawrence Elementary School, Utica, collaborate as they design their crosses as part of a service project for Martin Luther King Day.
Ashley Royse (left) and Audrey Mesi, eighth-grade cheerleaders at St. Lawrence Elementary School, Utica, collaborate as they design their crosses as part of a service project for Martin Luther King Day.


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