POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 5:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Jaleesa Hooker and about a dozen volunteers from Southern and Southeastern universities decided there was no better time than Martin Luther King day to do some community service work. They believe it's what the civil rights leader would expect them to do.
"It's a day that you're supposed to show your character and show where your heart is and we all have a heart of service," says Hooker.
So, they got up early on Monday and headed over to Mosella Wright Honore's home on Charles Street in the heart of the most dangerous part of Baton Rouge the 70805 zip code. They raked leaves, painted the house and even put in a smoke detector.
"I am just so excited. I couldn't believe it. I was surprised. It was awesome. It's just wonderful," states homeowner Mosella Wright Honore.
Mosella Wright Honore has lived in her home for more than 15 years and without the help from these volunteers she knows she wouldn't have been able to get her house looking brand new again.
"I think it's very awesome that the young people coming out to do volunteer work and giving to the community and just being here to help me I just can't believe it," says Honore.
But it's something the volunteers believe needed to be done to truly honor the man for whom the day was named.
"Doctor Martin Luther King stood for service. He went out and did things people only dreamed of and he made such an impact. And he made it possible for us to do the things we're doing," says Hooker.