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100 Black Men of Orlando

100 Black Men Of Orlando Continue Providing Opportunities For Local Students And Families

BY SECILY WILSON, GUEST WRITER TO THE TIMES
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Photo Cutline: 1st row, right to left: Paul Snead Jr., Pastor Darrell Harriston, Washington Shores Church of Christ., Pastor Derrick Williams, Shiloh Baptist Church., Sharon Y. Riley, Agape Prefecting Ministries., John Williams, Bethel A.M.E. Church., Timothy Johnson Vice - President of 100 Black Men and  Lynwood Carter. 2nd row: Wardell Sims, A.C. Cowans, Ronald Beasley, Charles Robinson, David Brewer, Toni Greene.

ORLANDO - 100 Black Men of Greater Orlando, Inc. is known for providing scholarship opportunities for Jones High School students to pursue their college dreams. During this Thanksgiving season the nonprofit organization is providing “100” meals to 25 families each from four (4) local churches for their dinner tables. “The 100” partnered with Publix Super Market and Lee Wesley Inc., providing a turkey and all the trimmings.

Chapter President, Reginald Whitehead, recognizes the level of devastation and uncertainty the pandemic of 2020 left behind for many families. “If we can provide a small glimmer of hope, love and compassion to the most vulnerable in our community, that’s what we are here to do''. Whitehead says. Agape Perfecting Ministries, New Bethel AME Church, Shiloh Baptist Church and Washington Shores Church of Christ are among the four (4) churches on the receiving end of the gift that keeps on giving.

“This simple act of kindness makes a big difference and can sometimes change a person’s life,” Pastor Darrell Hairston said during the food giveaway. He is the Senior Pastor at Washington Shores Church of Christ. “We have a senior member in her 80’s impacted by COVID-19. We must be a blessing to her. She is a faithful member of Washington Shores”.  

Depression rates typically increase during the holidays. Coupling that with additional pandemic-related stressors may lead to significant mental health challenges. According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. News & World Report, rates were highest among those who were unmarried, had low incomes and multiple sources of stress, including job loss and inability to pay rent.

People who made less than $20,000 a year were 2.3 times more likely to have elevated symptoms of depression than those making $75,000 or more, the study found. By spring 2021, low-income adults were more than seven times more likely to have these symptoms. If this sound like you, Psychology.org offers a few tips on Coping with Holiday Stress:

 
  • Set Reasonable Expectations: Challenge yourself to avoid the “must’ and “should” traps, or the all-or-nothing notion that if the holidays aren’t perfect, then they are ruined.
  • Take Care of Yourself: Maintain healthy eating, sleeping and exercising. Lack of sleep and inconsistent eating can worsen irritability and fatigue.
  • Acknowledge Grief: Whether you experience grief due to the loss of a loved one, the loss of a tradition, or the loss of time and memories with your family, honor what you're grieving, and it will help keep you connected to it.
  • Focus on the Gratitude: Write down or talk about what you are grateful for, then thank those who supported you. Gratitude makes whatever you have enough.

Pastor Hairston is grateful for the generosity of 100 Black Men of Greater Orlando, that he can pass on to his parishioners. “If we can help take away the worry of putting food on the table, then it allows families to focus on other areas that bring joy”, he says. That is the true meaning of Thanks-Giving!