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Celebrating MLK Day
Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

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Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

Some employees ventured to Gwinnett and north Fulton counties to volunteer with several organizations, including Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville.

About 50 volunteers from Coca-Cola helped the Salvation Army sort donations to the 2013 11Alive Can-a-Thon.

"It's always a pleasure to work with Coca-Cola during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday," Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Commander Maj. Todd Hawks said in a statement. "Their employees are eager and excited to roll up their sleeves and start separating and sorting thousands of canned vegetables, meats, fruit, jelly and so forth for hungry Atlantans."

1245 Salon and Spa in West Midtown Atlanta is giving free haircuts, clothes, shoes and even tax preparation to about 50 clients in need Monday.

See more coverage of MLK Day 2014, including photos from events across metro Atlanta (you can add your own!) and information about a proposed memorial for King at the Georgia State Capitol.