The City of Elgin will host its most ambitious year of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations yet with four days of events planned, as well as a communitywide food drive.

A talent show kickoff Friday and a youth day of service Monday have expanded the standard prayer programs the city has sponsored for almost 30 years.

Danise Habun, member of the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, said there has been a phenomenal response from the community for the extra events.

Schools started collecting food Jan. 3 with 27 churches joining in Jan. 8 and participating stores Jan. 9. And because of support from individuals and community organizations, the extra two days of events will not cost taxpayers anything.

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