Now, that’s what I’m talking about!
Soup Kitchen needs help
The Homestead Soup Kitchen needs our help. The kitchen, which opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1983, serves as few as 125 meals early in the month, and as many as 280 later on in the month. Recently the kitchen has experienced serious financial challenges and is asking the community to help.
Bob Jensen, a board member of the soup kitchen said, "Contributions are needed to pay for electricity, propane, disposable table ware and cleaning supplies. He said generous donations of food from local farmers, Farm Share, the postal food drive and the Homestead Food Pantry help keep the expenses down while providing nourishing meals."
But, he said traditional contributors, such as individuals, businesses, churches and non-profit organizations have decreased their support as the economy continues to impact them.
If you want to help, please send your tax-deductible donations to: Homestead Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 901180, Homestead, FL 330390-1180.
You may call Juanita Smith, president of the kitchen, at 305-245-7448, for more information.
Remembering the ‘Middle Passage’
Here’s one that’s worth waking up early for:
The annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage Ceremony will be at 5:45 a.m. on June 23 at Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr. on Virginia Key (just off the Rickenbacker Causeway).
The community is invited to this worthwhile ceremony that is presented by Dos Amigos/Fair Rosamond Slave Ship Project; Drums N Unity ; Productive Hands; Florida Black Historical Research Project Inc., and the Miami African World Community.
This is the 24th year of the ceremony that honors all the ancestors who endured the Middle Passage of the Atlantic slave trade — the millions of men, women and children who senselessly perished, and those who survived to give life to present and future generations, said Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, a founder and organizer of the event.
Catherine Hummingbird, a Carib Tribal Indian Queen and longtime advocate who was instrumental in saving the Miami Circle, will perform an "Opening of the Way" Native American ritual at the event.
The annual ceremony has come to be linked over the years with the growing nationwide observance of Juneteenth, the June 19 commemoration of the date in 1865, when the last of the enslaved population in the United States, in East Texas, received word of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Everyone is welcome to the ceremony. Aside from the Native American blessings and the traditional African pouring of a libation, the ceremony is an informal gathering where all are welcome to share thoughts, prayers, art and artifacts, performances and offerings of fruits, grains, flowers, which will be carried out to the ocean to culminate the events.
The event will also feature drums, music and refreshments. Admission is free, but there is a $1.75 toll per vehicle on the causeway.
For more information call 305-904-7620 or 786-260-1246.