Martin Luther King Day of Service 2013 Boston Chapter HOPE worldwide

Article Pic 1“The greatest among you will be your servant.” Matthew 23:11

The MLK Day of Service was highlighted with numerous service efforts performed by hundreds of volunteers devoting hours of their time to help others.  On January 12th the Boston Church of Christ, in partnership with the Red Cross and HOPE worldwide, sponsored a Blood drive that was described as “excellent” by the account executive at the Red Cross. There were 45 donors who participated and plans will be made to sponsor additional blood drives in the future.

Saturday, January 19th was an active day for our volunteers. The partnership with the Red Cross, Boston Church of Christ, Boston HOPE worldwide Chapter and various local civic groups combined efforts to serve in a Fire Prevention program in five of the most at risk cities for home fires in eastern Massachusetts- Dorchester, Framingham, Brockton, Lowell and Lawrence. The MLK Fire Prevention program was a great success. 570 volunteers handed out 37,837 door hangers to 33,467 homes, 160 smoke alarms/fire extinguishers and talked to 1613 people in Brockton, Framingham, Dorchester, Lowell and Lawrence about fire prevention.

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On January 20, 2013, The Northern Region was extremely pleased to honor four scholarship winners whose essays and lives of service most modeled the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the call of Jesus to be great by service to others. All scholarship winners are outstanding representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Foster Care program and are pursuing higher education with a focus on service.

This highly impactful occasion was highlighted by Michelle Banks, (Adolescent Program Supervisor, MA DCF) who articulately pointed out the significance of these scholarships and the call to service for the youth in DCF foster care.

Ms. Banks was followed by Kim Farmer delivering a moving review of each winner’s life journey, achievements, and dreams as expressed in their essays, with Tony Singh congratulating and handing the scholarships to each one. A prolonged standing ovation by the 700 disciples and visitors present, confirmed the impact of the occasion. Not a few tears were shed.

The winners were: Amanda Gosselin (1st place – $1,500), Issa Noel (2nd place $1,000), Givona Dietz (3rd place, $750), and Rodania St. Fleur (3rd place, $750).

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The final service effort involved a footwear collection drive throughout the entire Boston Church of Christ in support of the needy. There were 1750 pairs of shoes donated that will be dispersed to third world countries around the world. In addition, the oversight company will donate $20 per each 40-pound box of shoes collected to the WaWa Project. The WaWa Project is a non-profit organization working in Ghana, West Africa to provide a generation of overlooked children living with disabilities with an education. Their goal is to prepare the children to be self-reliant, independent individuals who become positive, active and contributing members of a community. The WaWa Project works with existing schools to renovate their buildings in order to make them handicap-accessible. Also, WaWa will introduce and incorporate new pieces of curriculum focused on educating and changing the perceptions of people with disabilities in Ghana. By equipping these students with the tools and skills they need to be fully integrated into their community, the WaWa project’s ultimate goal is to alter the perceived notion that disabled individuals lead less-fulfilled lives or are less capable of contributing to society.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this a time of great service to many people in need here in Boston and around the world!

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