If one of your resolutions for 2024 was to be a more caring and more helpful member of society in the New Year, there’s one way you can do so right off the bat.

The African American Initiative of the United Way of Greater High Point is conducting a service project with High Point LEAP in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The group is collecting and packing essential items to create “Winter Care Kits” for homeless people in High Point and the surrounding area.

In partnership with High Point LEAP, the African American Initiative will be collecting items like rain ponchos, cough drops, lotion, gloves, socks, lip balm, nail clippers, travel wipes, tissues, band-Aids, individually wrapped granola bars, etc. to put in the kits that are meant to make winter life a little more bearable for the homeless.

Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Greater High Point Latoya Bullock said there’s no better time to help out in this way.

“MLK Day has been a day of service for our community for as long as I can remember,” she stated in a press release. “The African American Initiative and its members are dedicated to honoring Dr. King’s legacy of serving others on MLK Day and every day.  We hope that collecting winter kit items and donating them to those who are homeless or unsheltered will do just that, offer hope, and show that we care about the well-being of all of our citizens. It is our dream to always be of service to others.”

Those interested in contributing to the cause are encouraged to drop off their donated items at the United Way of Greater High Point at 815 Phillips Avenue in High Point. Items can be shipped to the office as well.

Of course, monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated.

If you would like to donate via Amazon Wishlist, click the following link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2OYVKRLXK62Z9?ref_=wl_share

The Winter Care Kit packaging date will be on Monday, Jan 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Life on Lexington Church, 620 E Lexington Ave. in High Point.

The African American Initiative is a program under the United Way of Greater High Point that’s “committed to honoring Dr. King’s legacy through community service and initiatives that positively impact the lives of individuals and families.”