On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor a man who stood for equality and justice. We reflect on his ideas and actions and we remind ourselves of our unending responsibility to advocate for others. We never forget the work that men and women like Martin Luther King Jr. did to challenge the status quo and stagnant complacency in the face of injustice. Because of their work, our world will never be the same. 

MLK’s famous words echo throughout history and are messages we should teach our children today:

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

At Kidsave we hold these truths close as we envision an existence where kids in the U.S. and in all corners of this planet can reach their fullest potential and attain their highest aspirations. We hope that through our work to help older children find families, we not only change children’s lives, but also the perceptions of whole communities. We want to create a world where we, as a human race, take ownership of helping all children have access to food, security, quality education and, ultimately, success.

Our challenge to you today and every day is to take time to think of the struggles of others as your very own. There are many ways to sign up to serve across the country. We also ask that you consider helping us fulfill our mission: Kidsave is a global voice for change. We work with governments and communities worldwide to see that no orphan or foster child is forgotten, and every child grows up in a family with love and hope for a successful future. Your support makes all the difference. Learn more about ways to help kids find families and access the love and support needed for their success. We wish you a happy, meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. Day.