BROOKLYN - Volunteers throughout Brooklyn helped out in many ways on today's National Day of Service.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama asked Americans to volunteer their time today to help those in need as a way of honoring Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is being observed on Monday. The president, first lady, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill all took part in service projects in Washington, D.C. today.

In Brooklyn, many service projects were centered around cleaning up debris and wreckage left by Sandy. Cleanups happened in Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook and Sheepshead Bay. Blood drives were also held around the city, including one at the New York Blood Center at 120 Lawrence St. in Downtown Brooklyn.