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      Volunteers: Service doesn't compare to King's, but worth it

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- As part of a series of events held by the University of South Carolina, the school's 13th annual day of service allowed students a chance to volunteer at projects across the Midlands during the Martin Luther King Holiday Monday.

      Volunteers in West Columbia spent their afternoon cleaning and sorting medical supplies at The Good Samaritan Clinic, a free facility that serves the Hispanic population.

      "We've been moving filing cabinets, helping with magazine racks and cleaning up," says Kelley Freeman, just one of the many volunteers.

      "The clinic itself needs lots of help. It has one staff member and everybody else volunteers. We get a lot of USC students," explains Michelle Trojanowsky, a student who helped organize the day's service.

      Participants feel they are doing their part to improve the community.

      "While what we're doing here may not be on the same scale as Dr. King's work," Dustin Tucker reflects, "It's still getting people out in the community, and it's getting something done. That's what we need to see more of in the world."

      The students involved are no strangers to good deeds. The majority of them at the clinic are members of the Pastafarians, a non-secular service group.

      In the words of Trojanowsky," The particular purpose of our group is to allow students to participate in their community and perform community service without needing to have a religious affiliation. We like to provide an avenue to get out in your community and do go simply for the sake of doing good."

      And just because students are spending this day in service, doesn't mean they only do service one day.

      "It's really not that hard to get involved," adds Freeman. "You can join Cooperative Ministries. USC has service on Saturday once a month. It really doesn't take that much effort to serve."

      Find out how you can volunteer by clicking here.