EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 18, 2013

National Day of Service hits Londonderry

By John Toole

---- — LONDONDERRY — The National Day of Service is coming to Londonderry through a warm clothing drive to help homeless families.

Tim and Tammy Siekmann are organizing the clothing drive, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at their 89 Hovey Road home.

People are encouraged to drop off winter clothing for men, women and children. A drop-off box will be at the Siekmann’s home.

“We have seven families who are homeless, living in a tent city,” Tammy Siekmann said. “We thought it would be a good idea to do something specifically for their needs.”

The Seikmanns learned about the families and their plight while volunteering with Kids’ Night as part of last year’s Old Home Day.

“Our hope is to make sure they have got what they need to get through the winter and let them know they are not alone,” she said.

The families all have children.

“There may be 20 people,” she said.

The National Day of Service is tied to the presidential inaugural festivities.

President Obama is asking Americans to join together in service to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

This is the only service event scheduled in Southern New Hampshire.

Tammy Siekmann is the Londonderry Democratic Party chairman and had participated in the Obama re-election campaign.

In announcing the Day of Service, Obama said service is “a lifelong commitment,” and people should give back to communities throughout the year.

Tammy Siekmann feels the same way.

“I think the National Day of Service is just a way to keep people aware,” she said.