For the second year in a row, My Brother’s Keeper has had the pleasure of partnering with the group Linda’s Legacy to help spread the spirit of Christmas to the homeless population within Baltimore. The intention is to help share the true meaning of the Christmas holiday, which is “God’s love for each of us” to both guests and volunteers alike. In order to reach our goal, an itinerary is created that includes singing, prayer, and fellowship. The schedule for the past event looked as follows:
- 10:00-11:30: Annual Spaghetti Dinner
- 11:30-12:15: Prayer offered by Danise along with carols performed by guests and volunteers. There was then a distribution of candy and cookies provided by volunteers.
- 12:20-1:00: Distribution of backpacks.
Within these backpacks, guests found a number of different items to help protect them from the elements. These items included: thermal underwear, socks, gloves, knit hats, scarves, lip balm, umbrellas, and rain ponchos. The collection of items and packing of the backpacks provided Anne Arundel County youth with the opportunity for service and to learn about the root causes of homelessness and poverty, which runs deeper than any community service hours.
Bob Knight, who runs the group Linda’s Legacy, had this to say about the event:
“I did not participate in the MBK event that day but was part of the initial planning with Michelle and Danise. One of my roles with our all-volunteer 501-c is to work with the shelters we serve, with a goal that on Christmas Eve we not only deliver material items that have been donated but also share an enjoyable celebration with those served by the shelter. The degree of success with this latter goal varies, but an important variable here is the degree the shelter’s staff participation on planning and execution. Danise’s contribution here ranks with some of the best, helping make our volunteer team’s experience most enlightening, inspirational and fun…an important component of our mission of service to others. Check out our website at www.homelessdrive.org and our Facebook page at Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy for more info.”
Michelle Suazo had this to say about the Christmas event:
“Truly a wonderful day for everyone! There were a lot of great connections made that day for future involvement and service. Gives people a better idea of who is making a difference in their communities… and who better to serve than your local non-profits that are helping to make the community stronger.”
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the donations and volunteer services available. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.