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January 19, 2013

On National Day of Service, citizens asked to help with work nationwide

Chelsea Clinton leads by example

WASHINGTON — Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton urged people to participate in service projects, saying there’s a chain of service that links generations of Americans from all across the country.

Clinton is the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. On Saturday she spoke at a summit on the National Mall for the National Day of Service.

Clinton said she was inspired by the volunteer work of her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, who began as a child volunteer teaching migrant workers English and kept up her volunteer efforts for her entire life.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are participating in service projects throughout the Washington area.

Biden and his wife, Jill, spent time at an armory pitching in as volunteers packed 100,000 care kits for deployed members of the military, wounded warriors, veterans and first responders.

The Obamas stained wooden bookcases as part of a national service event organized by the inaugural committee.

In the evening, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden were hosting the Kids’ Inaugural Concert, an event paying special tribute to military spouses and children.

Volunteers also are organizing service events in all 50 states.

Biden credited former President George H.W. Bush for starting the “Points of Light” program, which was a sponsor of the event. He said service was an antidote to “the coarsening of our culture. We’ve got to get back to reaching out to people.”

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