On Dec. 25, our brothers and sisters in St. Vincent and the Grenadines suffered a devastating blow when a gigantic landslide and flood left many people either dead, missing or homeless.
"To date," said Joel Pompey, a native of St. Vincent and vice president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Association of Florida, "there are 10 people dead and many missing or unaccounted for. Many have been displaced and are surviving in Red Cross shelters."
Besides St. Vincent, two other islands were affected in the storm. they are Dominica, St. Lucia, Pompey said. "The needs are great. We especially need medical supplies for the hospital, non-perishable food items and bottled water," he said.
If you wish to help, you may bring your donations to Ena's Club House at 1631 NW 46th Ave. in Lauderhill by Saturday morning. Or you may contact Chris Crichton at 561-602-9884 or Pompey at 954-666-2499 and someone will pick up your donations.
For more information contact Pompey at 954-666-2499.
Fund-raidser to help kids in Jamaica
Angels From Heaven, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and collects new and barely used clothing for poor and orphaned children in Jamaica, will present a Gospel Explosion Concert from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Plantation High School, 6901 NW 16th St. in Plantation.
The concert will benefit the organization's fund raising efforts, which will also benefit hospitals and clinics in the poverty-stricken areas of Jamaica.
The concert will feature Jamaican artists such as, Judy Mowatt, Joan Myers, Norris Weir, Nigel Lewis, Franko Brian, Annicia Banks, Kris Levey, Tony Williams, Bunny Bunitto, and McWayne Suer.
Angels From Heaven is made up of women from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and is headed by Cecile Dixon. since its inception, Angels From Heaven has sponsored poor school children in Jamaica by providing them with school supplies and clothing. They also collect clean bed linens and bandages and medicine for the clinics and hospitals in the rural areas.
"The people that we help really appreciate the work that we do," Dixon said. She and members of the organization make several trips throughout the year, visiting the children they sponsor and seeing first-hand, the needs of the people.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They can be purchased at: Ticket Outlet JM Money Transfer at 1943 N. Pine Island Road, 954-735-6002; Montego Bay Jerk Center, 4395 N. St. Rd. Seven, 954-731-9224.
Blessing of the animals
It's time to bless the animals and if you have a pet you would like to have blessed, you may bring it to Temple Beth Or at noon Saturday, 11715 SW 87th Ave. in Kendall.
According to Andrea Loring, pets of all faiths are welcome.
And for you folk in Broward, Temple Beth El will celebrate Tu B'Shevat by participating in Guardians of Nature. This is where you bring your pets for the temple's annual Blessing of the Animals, to be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on the front lawn of the temple, 1351 S. 14th Ave. in Hollywood.
Also, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, the synagogue is inviting the community to join its congregation at Young Circle for "Hollywood Healing/Haiti Concert and Fundraiser." There will be live music, food, raffles, and activities for the children.
A Farewell Mass, to be celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski, will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Mary Cathedral, 7525 NW Second Ave. The Mass is being celebrated to bless the 120 people who will travel from Miami to Washington for the March for Life, to be on Jan. 22 in the nation's capitol.
Of the 120 people traveling to Washington, 101 are students from 10 of the archdiocesan high schools.
The March for Life in Washington began as a small demonstration against the decision made on Jan. 22, 1973, by the Supreme Court to invalidate 50 state laws and make abortion legal and available throughout the United States in the Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton decisions.
According to a press release from Archdiocese of Miami, today, the march is the largest pro-life event in the world.
Following the Mass, which is open to he public, a mandatory meeting for all chaperons, students and their parents will be in the church hall.
Learn about Holocaust
The Miami Dade College Holocaust and Genocide Education Program at the Homestead campus will present "Poland in the Shadow of Auschwitz" at 9:50 a.m. today, as a part of the Holocaust Memorial's annual Holocaust Education Week.
The program will feature visiting Polish scholar Katarzyna Suszkiewicz, a doctoral candidate in the Jagiellonian University Center for Holocaust Studies in Krakow, Poland.
In addition, Suszkiewicz is facilitating the creation of a summer study abroad program in conjunction with the College Consortium for International Studies and Miami Dade College.
The event will be in Room 222, Building F at 500 College Terr. in Homestead.
It's free and open to the public.
Miami commissioner to speak at MLK event
Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon will be the guest speaker at the annual service commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 9 a.m. on Jan. 19, at The Church of the Incarnation, 1835 NW 54th St. in Liberty City.
A reception will follow immediately after the worship service. The community is invited.
Celebrating 42 years of preaching
Evangelist A. Frances Nixon will celebrate 42 years of preaching at 10 a.m. Sunday at The Church of God Tabernacle, 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City.
Nixon was only 10 years old, when she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior, and she has lived true to her conviction for over 63 years. When people ask her how she was able to go through elementary, high school and college as a saved person, Nixon's reply is: "It wasn't hard ... because it was Jesus who lived through me ... That's how I was able to live for Him all these years."
Nixon has quite a story to tell. A few years ago, she was told by doctors that she would never speak again. One Sunday evening during church service, she was called to the altar by Bishop Walter H. Richardson, who asked the ministers of the church to join him in praying for Nixon. Immediately, her voice was restored and she has been preaching and singing ever since.
The Mass Choir of the church will render special music for the worship service. The community is welcome.