‘Tis the season to give back!
When you see people set aside time, energy, and resources in pursuit of a good cause, it’s almost a no-brainer to shine a light on them!
This past weekend marked the 7th annual DC or Nothing Turkey Drive held at the popular venue, Bar 7. The mission, envisioned by Grammy nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn, author and activist Tony Lewis, the party kingpin and philanthropist DJ Quicksilver of 93.9 WKYS, and award-winning Chef JR Robinson, was to help feed over 300 families in The District this Thanksgiving season.
Powered by Raheem DeVaughn’s own Love Life Foundation and a host of other sponsors, the mobilization effort was incredible to see. Canned goods took the place of cocktails as they lined the bar, while bags and bags of groceries and turkeys seemingly burst through the front doors of Bar 7. As they prepared packages and hit the streets to personally deliver the goods, I saw lots of familiar faces, including DC WKLY’s own Anwaa Kong, and Mo Betta of Santa Cause.
From volunteers collecting donations to sponsors lending a helping hand themselves, it was beautiful to see so many gather and pitch in to effect change in a community that so desperately needs it. According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, 110,500 District residents lived below the federal poverty line in 2015 (income below $24,000 for a family of four) while 27 percent of the city’s Black population lived in poverty in 2015, up from 23 percent in 2007. And nearly three-quarters of all District residents who live in poverty are Black. That is why it’s imperative that our leaders use their platform to not only uplift the community, but also show others that every little bit helps and goes a long way.
Millennials take note! Success is more than hard work and achieving your goals and dreams. In the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” This event highlighted that when people come together behind a worthwhile cause, lives can be improved, and even changed for the better.