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LAWTON Okla_ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is fast approaching and that means organizations all across the country are preparing for "A Day On Instead Of a Off".

Cameron University is no exception. The Aggies are planning to extend their day of service. So, even if you don't have the day off from work, you can still help out the community by donating supplies needed by Lawton non-profits.

Last year when volunteers went to the various agencies to help out, they ran into the problem of not knowing exactly what they each needed. So this year, they asked the agencies ahead of time what their wish list items are. That's where you come in. 

They're making that list public. So, if you're not available to volunteer the day of, you can still contribute to the day of service by donating what they need!

CU will join people and organizations nationwide, when they emulate his life's work.

"It's really great to connect our students back to the community," CU Director of Campus Life Zeak Naifeh said. "You really see how they can be engaged civically and move forward as a great leader."

In years past, the "Day On Instead of Off" brought Cameron students to the Lawton Food Bank, elementary schools and the Boys and Girls Club. These are just a few of the organizations that will benefit this year. Naifeh recalls his experience from last year. He said he was helping in any way possible.

"I went around checking on all the sights and buying supplies," Naifeh said. "When we were at Eisenhower Middle School, they needed storage containers. They didn't know that until they got in there and started organizing things. So, I went and bought storage containers. I was the person that made sure everyone could continue to work for those five hours."

If you're not available to physically volunteer for the 5 hour work day, you can still connect yourself to the cause. This year, you have about a week to grab supplies while you're out shopping to donate on Monday the 21st.

"We don't need extravagant things," Naifeh said. "One of the agencies needs liquid dish washing soap, because they wash all their dishes by hand. They work with little kids."

Naifeh said since Cameron started participating in the program in 2008, he's been blown away by the willingness of the students; willingness to sacrifice their day off, and make it a day on.

"I think it connects them to the community," Naifeh said. "I think that's something we need more of in the Lawton/Fort Sill area: connecting to the community and really seeing what needs we really have. How can we give back?"

So, if you plan on getting some shopping done this week, check out the agencies' wish list items online. Just visit the link below.

Your donation stations for Monday, January 21st will be at any of the three Country Mart locations, Sam's Club, Staples, and the Wal-mart on Quanah Parker Trailway.

You can drop off your purchases from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on the 21st.

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