NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Habitat for Humanity volunteers are working through the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend rehabbing a home in Laurelton, Queens.

Volunteer Craig Bannister told The Associated Press it’s a meaningful way to remember King.

“Volunteering is a way that brings people from different backgrounds — ethnically, racially, economically — together to work to a common goal,” he said. “So I think it’s important to really do that to remind us that we’re all really the same.”

Habitat for Humanity purchased more than a dozen homes in New York City that had been empty for more than a decade.

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