Image

6:47 AM / Monday January 22, 2018

12 Jan 2018

Zion Baptist Church gives MLK Award to local heroes for Puerto Rican Rescue Mission

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
January 12, 2018 Category: Oasis Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Zion Baptist Church (2015 ©Google)

 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, many Philadelphians stepped forward to provide aid to the victims of the devastated island of Puerto Rico. On Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2018, a group of these local heroes will be honored with the Martin Luther King Community Service Award at Zion Baptist Church’s annual King Day Worship service in North Philadelphia.

Image

“These Philadelphians worked under extreme and dangerous conditions to bring help to people who would not have survived without immediate aid”, said Sheriff Jewell Williams, one of the sponsors of the award. “We wanted to recognize their dedication as we remember a man for whom sacrifice and service meant so much.”

For the first time this year, the Zion ceremony will include a special award to these men and women who fulfilled the spirit of Dr. Kings legacy of service, captured in his famous “Drum Major” speech:

“I’d like somebody to mention…. that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others…. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.” –Dr. Martin Luther King

The church service will honor seven Philadelphia citizens in the spirit of this commitment. They traveled to Puerto Rico in October, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria when islanders were in desperate need of water and other essential living supplies.

The honorees include four Philadelphia Sheriff deputies, a PECO employee, a Councilwoman and one of her staffers:

Inspector Michael Bastone
Sergeant Joshua Perez
Deputy Sheriff Officer Alessandro Carrasquillo
Deputy Sheriff Officer Enrique Marin
PECO Lineman Emilio Sanchez
Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez
Quetcy Lozada, Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez

Under the direction of the Red Cross, they served as drivers and distribution crews to deliver food, water, medicines and medical equipment to locations across the island.Councilwoman Quinones Sanchez is being honored for her tireless advocacy and philanthropic efforts to support the infrastructure and communications needs of the people of Puerto Rico. All of the volunteers have family living in Puerto Rico.

The service is sponsored by Zion Baptist Church and the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia.

​ ​

Zion Baptist has held a special service to commemorate King for more than 30 years. The church has an historic civil rights tradition dating back to its legendary pastor, the late Reverend Leon Sullivan.The Martin Luther King Day Service will take place on January 15 from 9am to noon at the Zion Baptist Church, Broad and Venango Streets in Philadelphia.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Go With The-Flo

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s surrogate mother has given birth to the couple’s third child, a baby girl

January 19, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Kanye West and Kim Kardashian  (Photo by Joe Seer /Shutterstock) By Florence Anthony According to reports, Kanye West...

Color Of Money

Think spring: Now’s the time to plan the landscape of your dreams

January 19, 2018

BPT The weather outside is frightful and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures and maybe even...

Food And Beverage

A Fresh Tailgate Menu

January 12, 2018

Quick and tasty ideas for game day ABOVE PHOTO:  Grilled Sausage Skewer Sandwiches Family Features Take your...

Seniors

Savvy Senior: What to do when a loved one dies

January 12, 2018

Dear Savvy Senior, This may seem like a strange question, but can you tell me what steps...

Health

Say goodbye to winter blues with vitamin D-rich foods

January 19, 2018

BPT Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according...

Horoscopes

SUNscopes for the week of Jan. 21

January 19, 2018

All Signs: This week the Sun and Venus in Aquarius will promote warm relations and good times...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff