On Monday, January 15th the Tacony community came together to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service. More than two dozen community members came together to pick up trash from the streets of Tacony between Torresdale Avenue and Keystone Street to fill about 50 bags!
The efforts were led by the Tacony Baptist Church and Holy Innocents St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with help from Boy Scouts of America Troop 372 and the Northeast Philadelphia Development Corporation, and sponsored by Councilmember Mike Driscoll, and Representative Pat Gallagher. Community members met at the Tacony Baptist Church at 9 AM for coffee, hot chocolate, and soft pretzels before splitting off armed with rakes, brooms and trash pickers provided by Councilmember Driscoll's office.
As work neared completion, the Tacony Baptist Church brought out bags of non-perishable food and other household necessities for Tacony residents in need. Some volunteers handed out food, while others removed full bags of trash from the street. The day wrapped up with a group lunch of hoagies and soft pretzels provided by Representative Pat Gallagher’s team and hosted at Holy Innocents St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
At the Tacony Community Development Corporation, we felt lucky to attend such an event and see our neighbors working together to keep our community clean and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Thank you so much to the Tacony Baptist Church, Holy Innocents St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mike Driscoll, Pat Gallagher, NPDC, BSA Troop 372, and everyone else who came out to serve the community on a cold Winter day!