The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18 with free admission for everyone. This event is sponsored by Transportation Impact.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to do something truly fitting to celebrate King’s life and contributions to our society: help those in need by contributing nonperishable goods to Martha’s Mission Cupboard, a local food pantry that helps many families through hard times all year long. Aquarium staff will collect the food donations at the front door of the Aquarium and deliver them to the food pantry. The need is acute now because Martha’s Mission Cupboard is especially busy after the holiday season.
The need is clear but the donation is not required for free admission to the Aquarium. That is truly free.
What to bring? Well, nonperishable is the key: Cereal, peanut butter, powdered milk, canned fruits and vegetables, dried beans, rice, saltines and other staples are particularly in demand. That said, even nonperishable things have expiration dates so please don’t just clean out the pantry; check the expiration dates to verify that the food can be used.
The Aquarium will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dive presentations, live animal programs and feeding demonstrations are scheduled as usual throughout the day.