My MLK Day of Service & The Blessings It Came With…

Mother / Woman / January 29, 2013

Timing is everything.

I’m pretty sure God has the biggest sense of humor that could possibly exists when it comes to perfect timing.

photo 4On January 21st, I participated in Global Citizen‘s MLK Day of Service at Girard College. The day was amazing and I had the honor of working for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey helping to lead the Kick It Up for Recess initiative. UWGPSNJ, along with Ron Jaworski’s organization, JAWS Youth Playbook, partnered together to collect and donate gently used sporting equipment to five amazing organizations in the region: the YMCA’s of Burlington and Camden counties, and West Philly; The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and the Raheem Brock Foundation.

On the day of the event, Girard College was packed with thousands of volunteersphoto working to improve the lives of citizens across the tri-state area. At our site, volunteers from JAWS, UWGPSNJ and Project Next produced over 140 sports kits that contained basketballs, footballs, kick-balls, soccer balls and more. Additionally, we filled gay-lord boxes full of miscellaneous equipment such as scooters, golf clubs, hockey sticks, bats and catchers mitts. As we sorted and packed the kits, we were afforded the opportunity to watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have A Dream” speech and then witness the swearing-in of President Obama during the inaugural ceremony; the whole day was one of the most moving experiences I’ve had the blessing of of being a part of.

Courtesy of RBF.

Courtesy of RBF.

Once all of the recipient organizations came to pick up their items, we packed up our things, congratulated one another on a job well done and headed home.

I later found out that on that very same day, the Raheem Brock Foundation took a portion of the items they received and delivered them to a shelter where children were ecstatic to have them. It was personally rewarding to know that there was an immediate impact made the day of our service…especially since my body had shut down on me. I found myself sick and mainly bed ridden by the time I got home that evening. I had apparently run myself entirely too hard in the week leading up to MLK Day and my body had simply had enough.

photo 4After a week of recovery and rest, I returned to work and today in particular, I ventured back to Girard College for the Project Coordinators Breakfast. While there, participating organizations and agencies had the opportunity to share our experiences; how the MLK Day of Service impacted us; and offer suggestions for improvements. There were so many positive stories and personal experiences shared that as a VISTA, I too wanted to share how much I had been impacted as a result of being involved in such a wonderful event.

Right before the close of the breakfast, everyone’s name was collected for the raffling of a brand new iPad.

It’s not often that I win anything.

But today…today was different.

I won a 16 GB iPad.

SS w/Todd Bernstein of Global Citizens. Thank yor all so much!!!

SS w/Todd Bernstein of Global Citizens. Thank yor all so much!!!

I understand that for some, the magnitude of this blessing may only go as far as: “You’re pretty damn lucky today!”

But for me…the woman who loved writing so much that she went $31k into debt to have a degree to show how serious she was about writing; who managed to get that degree as a single mom with two kids and who just recently graduated from college after 6 years; who has had to live off of $400 a month for the past 5 years of my life and couldn’t afford something like this anytime in the near future; who–by all accounts–could have been one of the 250 people that stood in line right across from my MLK Day work site to receive a free laptop from PHA because I qualify; who has spent the past 10 months of her life stepping into her dream and her purpose by way of…to me…this iPad means the world.

It’s a confirmation to continue to go after my dreams; it’s also a reward after a week where God managed to finally get me alone. Granted it was by sitting me down via sickness but none-the-less, it showed me how important it is to take care of myself and it also helped me to realize that I don’t need to kill myself going after my dream because it already has my name on it; it’s mine and mine alone.

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To have this happen today…it’s like putting gas in a Ferrari.

Coincidentally, a co-worker sent me the video below, yesterday. I finally got the chance to view it once I got back to my desk today after the breakfast.

Talk about timing…

Enjoy the video and have a great day loves. And please remember: the smallest blessings can have the greatest impact in someone’s life.

Thank you Global Citizen and MLK 365…I have a dream and today you brought me one step closer to it. I can’t express my gratitude enough!


– Sincerely Syreeta

P.s.: I know everyone isn’t religious nor do they necessarily subscribe to some type of spiritual sect, but for those who do, you might especially enjoy this one as well. You can go from nothing to something, if you simply believe and trust that your life has a purpose:

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