No MEC Kwanza – Holiday donations needed for needy

Another spike in COVID-19 infections, another new variant and lingering caution has again forced cancellation of the annual Medgar Evers College Feeding The Need community dinner and gifts drive Kwanzaa celebration.

Reputed as one of the most anticipated December treats in Brooklyn, organizers explained that like last year, the cultural holiday event “is again put on hold but its purposeful mission remains a holiday tradition.”

Nancy Lester said “we will not be holding our annual Feeding the Need community dinner and toys and gifts drive and Kwanzaa celebration at Medgar Evers College this December, however, we are asking for donations of new toys (unwrapped), new socks and new gloves.”

In making a plea for specific items, the spokesperson for Ancestors of the Middle Passage Collective added that “we will be visiting our participating shelters to distribute these donations.”

Prior to the pandemic, Lester and her associates collected, sorted and distributed items they believe brought cheer to families in need.

In addition, a dinner, fashion show, concert and bazaar provided unrivaled revelry and sustenance.

To the dismay of scores of families, last year the coronavirus halted the December event.

It was hoped that the annual would resume this year but new COVID-19 mandates and escalating hospitalization figures convinced organizers to prolong the precaution.

Instead of celebrating with the usual indoor activities, they will provide needed resources to the homeless.

MEC also plan to host a health expo.

Although the date has not been announced, already certain is the fact they will have a holistic practitioner available who can provide consultation.

Baba Mpho and Mama Nyaah will be onsite.

The immediate need now is to collect and distribute the donated items.

To help in their philanthropic mission, after 3 p.m. any weekday from Tuesday to Saturday please drop off items at:147 Rockaway Avenue (between Fulton & Herkimer) Brooklyn, New York 11233

Checks can also be mailed to the same address in care of MEC\Ancestors of the Middle Passage Collective.

For more information call 718-342-6257 or 718-659-4999.

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