Martin Luther King Jr 311.
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The husband of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is urging Americans to volunteer in their communities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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"Many of you have asked how you can help and how you can honor the memory of those who were wounded or lost their lives. What united the victims of the tragedy on Saturday was service – they volunteered in church or at soup kitchens, worked in government, and tended to their communities. On behalf of Gabby and our family, I ask that you consider honoring their commitment to service by dedicating a few hours on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this Monday, January 17th, to volunteer in your community," Mark Kelly said in a statement distributed by the Giffords for Congress campaign.
Giffords was sworn in to her third term in the U.S. House of
Representatives just days before she and at least 16 others were shot
Jan. 8 at a meet-your-lawmaker event at a Tucson shopping mall. Six
people were killed in the attack. Gifford was shot in the head and
Kelly also said in the statement that "The prayers and good wishes from
the people of Southern Arizona and the country are deeply appreciated by
our family. Your continued outpouring of support is powerful. As Gabby
continues her recovery, I know she will be inspired and motivated by the
heartfelt messages you have sent. Keep sending them."