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Posted by Raye Kimberlin on January 18, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Lebanon honors MLK through service and programs on Jan. 21

Contributed By: Sue KIESEWETTER | Enquirer contributor

Focusing on service and military families is the theme of the Jan. 21 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. activities organized by Lebanon’s MLK Community Coalition.

Rev. Dr. Wendell K. Rome will serve as the keynote speaker for the 7 p.m. program at Lebanon Junior High, 160 Miller Road. He serves in the Air National Guard as the wing chaplain for the 132nd fighter wing in Des Moines, Iowa. His most recent deployment was to Iraq as the senior hospital chaplain at Joint Base Balad.

Along with Rome’s presentation, the evening program will feature the Drum Major for Service Award recipients, the essay contest winners and an art show featuring the work of Lebanon third and fourth graders.

Besides the evening program, organizers are encouraging community members to honor King’s legacy by assisting those in need. Two separate activities will take place for those who want to volunteer time, donate goods, learn about King.

The American Legion Post 186 hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There, volunteers are needed to clean, paint and repair the hall. Donations of supplies and paint are needed and can be brought to the hall.

From noon to 4 p.m., several activities will be held at Lebanon Junior High:

*Coupon clipping: Volunteers can drop off unwanted or expired coupons (up to six months) for military families overseas. Stay to help clip and trim coupons.

*Valentine Day cards: Families can drop off or make cards for members of the military. Donations of gifts, toys and candy for military families will also be accepted.

*Fresh Start Kits: Donate personal hygiene items including soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream and razors for Warren County homeless and other shelters.

*School supplies are needed for students who participate in the after school Homework Zone project. Individually wrapped snacks are also needed.

*Coloring books and crayons for the Hospice Center of Butler/Warren Counties are needed. The centers use more than 200 coloring books a month.

*Donations of new stuffed animals, juice boxes, individually wrapped snacks, art supplies and paper products can be brought in for the Child Advocacy Center of Warren County.

*Nonperishable food items are needed for the Lebanon Food Pantry

*Donations of Diamond brand pet food, blankets, towels, flea shampoo, plastic cat toys, paper towels, plain milk bones and other items are needed by the Humane Association.

*Volunteers are needed to help with sorting, packing and transporting items collected. Shifts are available from noon to 2 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.

*Exhibit area: There will be a children’s area where children can have fun and learn about King. There will be face painting, arts and crafts. Lebanon police will be on site to offer free Internet safety software for parents and free child identification kits.

“It’s getting bigger and bigger every year,’’ said Raye Kimberlin, member and spokesperson for the Martin Luther King Coalition of Lebanon. “We’re getting different organizations and churches involved. It’s really nice.”

There will be several boxed lunch sessions at the junior high from noon to 1:30 p.m. Each will examine information gathered from the Community Needs Assessment complete by the Family and Children First Council of Warren County.

Sessions are: Continuing Dr. King’s Vision, Increasing Employment; and Educational Excellence. Call 513-305-8295 to register.

Information: www.mlklebanon.org

 

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Lebanon's Martin Luther King Jr. observance on Jan. 16

Posted by Raye Kimberlin on January 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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Contributed By: Sue Kiesewetter | Enquirer contributor

A Day On, not a Day Off is the theme of Lebanon’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16.

Along with an evening program, organizers are encouraging community members to honor King’s legacy by assisting those in need.

“We wanted to offer service opportunities and raise awareness,’’ said Raye Kimberlin, member of the Martin Luther King Coalition of Lebanon.

“We’re trying to connect with different agencies and churches to build unity and promote collaboration.”

Toward that goal the coalition is teaming with Bethel A.M.E. Church to offer several volunteer activities at the Lebanon church, 111. N. Cherry St. From noon to 4 p.m. the church will accept the following donations of items or services on behalf of county organizations:

*Bring new stuffed animals, juice boxes, individually wrapped snacks, art supplies and paper products to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Warren County. It serves more than 1,000 abused children each year.

*Donate unwanted and expired coupons to send to military families. Military members are allowed to use expired coupons up to six months past the expiration date.

*Bring personal hygiene items so that Fresh Start Kits can be created for local shelters. Items needed for the kits include soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream and razors.

*Donate coloring books and crayons for use by the Hospice Center of Butler/Warren County. The center uses more than 200 coloring books each month and is running low.

*Bring Diamond brand pet food, blankets, towels, flea shampoo, plastic cat toys, pepr towels, plain Milk bones and other items for use by the Humane Society.

*Stuff envelopes for The Council on Child Abuse. The group provides Don’t Shake a Baby information kits that are sent to hospitals, schools and doctors’ offices.

*Register to vote or fill out a change of address form if you’ve moved.

*Volunteer to help with sorting, packing and transporting items collected. Shifts are available from noon to 2 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.

Lebanon Presbyterian Church is also in need of volunteers to help prepare food and cleanup afterward for a community meal it provides for those in need. The meal runs from 5-6:30 p.m., at the church, 123 N. East St. Desserts are also needed. Contact the church at 513-932-2751.

There will also be a 7 p.m., program in the auditorium at Lebanon Junior High School, 160 Miller Road. The Martin Luther King Community Choir will perform. Service Drum awards will be presented along with introduction of student essay winners.

 

The Rev. Ricardo Lewis: A debt to collect on

Posted by Raye Kimberlin on January 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

"In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir."

Dr. King was clear that as Americans we have a promise, as framed by the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, that we have the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not based on the color of one's skin but based on one's citizenship, the right to pursue the best education available, the right to purchase and secure the home of one's choice, the right to participate in the forming of government's laws and policies, the equal access to financial stability, and educational excellence.

Dr. King stated that the people of color refused to believe that all these things were not available to us; the treasury of social justice could not be bankrupt to its citizens! This passage is meaningful to me because if we are to uphold the Constitution and laws of this country, every human being should be equal and have equal access to all that this country has to offer its citizens.

The Rev. Ricardo L. Lewis, pastor, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lebanon

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Make A Difference Day Challenge - What Are You Doing For Others?

Posted by bethellebanoname@yahoo.com on October 6, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

LEBANON, OHIO - On Saturday October 22, 2011, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Coalition of Lebanon will celebrate Make A Difference Day by promoting the MLK Project 365 Challenge - a call to our neighbors to honor Dr. King by pledging to make a difference for others and to strengthen our communities. By promoting this campaign, it will bring attention to random acts of kindness that can help our neighborhoods become better connected as well as highlight formal volunteer opportunities around Warren County.

The MLK Project 365 Challenge campaign will kick off at 10am – 12 noon at the Countryside YMCA on Saturday October 22, 2011. By signing the pledge, each person will receive a MLK Project 365 Challenge bracelet, pledge reminder card and pledge chart. There will also be information available about the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Projects and Evening Celebration.

The mission of the MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon, Ohio is to honor Dr. King’s vision of justice by building an inclusive network of individuals and organizations that work toward empowerment for all people.

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