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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

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

"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

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

Posted by on October 6, 2011 at 7:00 AM


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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