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Folks work on federal holiday in honor of MLK's legacy

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Martin Luther King Day is a day off for many people. But as YNN's Elaina Athans shows us, dozens of people still went to work, even though they didn't have to.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Habitat for Humanity usually doesn't build on Mondays, but there was a symbolic exception this Monday.

Volunteers worked in honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy. The federal holiday is a time to gather and give back.

"This is a perfect match," said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh Executive Director Cathy Collins. "It's an easy thing for people to come out and give a day of service."

Folks worked on five homes along Parmeter Street. Students from Storm King School were among those seeking to hammer out change.

“I think I'm just going to be happy that I can help some people that don’t have houses," said Storm King senior Austin Ohayon.

The students that showed up here weren't obligated help out, but instead chose to work. Storm King is a private school that doesn't, in the traditional sense, observe the holiday. Students had to sign up to volunteer their time.

"Kids could sign up for anything that they wanted to do and a lot of students wanted to sign up for this, but we actually had to cut it off," said Storm King teacher Kaitlyn Nolan. "It was really great turn out to see how many students wanted to donate their time to Habitat for Humanity in particular."

About 75 people in total took part in MLK call for service to construct places built on integrity.

"Our hope is that we're creating a ripple effect of hope and that more and more people will come in and do what they can to make a difference in this community," said Collins.

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