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Three Lower Manhattan faith communities came together in service of others on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Members of Tamid, The Downtown Synagogue, and Lower Manhattan Community Church, a nondenominational Christian congregation, joined with members of the Trinity Wall Street community to pack brown bag lunches in Charlotte’s Place and participate in the Prayers for Peace service at St. Paul’s Chapel.
The event began with Bryan Parsons, Trinity’s Charlotte's Place and Brown Bag outreach coordinator, and Rabbi Darren Levine helping the many children present understand how packing brown bag lunches connected to the legacy of Dr. King, as well as to the wider issues of homelessness and hunger in New York City.
Assisted by adults, the children then packed lunches for distribution on Thursday.
“It’s having a real tangible way for our children to engage in the process,” said Salley Whitman, Outreach Community Service Ministry Leader for Lower Manhattan Community Church. “You can see it—they can feel putting a water in the bag, and think about who might eat that.”
Barbara Walters of Tamid linked the day’s work to King’s life.
“In spite of obstacles, in spite of setbacks, and in spite of even failures in this plan he persevered and that’s what we’re trying to do here: we’re persevering against hunger. We’re hoping that the small efforts we make will grow, become contagious and affect other people.”