They say kindness goes a long way!
The Bayview Houses Community Association (BHCA) held their first in-person luncheon since the pandemic at their community center, located at 5955 Shore Parkway, on Saturday, June 4th, titled “In Honor of Excellence: Men and Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon.”
In memoriam of Canarsie Ladder 170 Firefighter Timothy Klein, 31, who perished on April 24, 2022 in the line of duty, this lunch would prove that his death is not in vain. Just like Klein and other courageous members of the FDNY, NYPD and first responders that lead by example, one does not need to wear a uniform to make a difference, save a life or carry out an act of kindness.
If you can recollect a time when you held a door open for your neighbor, or the smile you gave as you passed by a stranger and didn’t have a second thought, it had an impact; it does! The board of the Bayview Houses wants all those who help thy neighbor effortlessly not to go unnoticed.
For example, Eric Howard volunteers to take neighborhood children to school and goes to the grocery store, assuming the disabled or elderly are unable.
Sharon Long and Sandra Miller-Council, two residents who act as liaisons, provide information and new ideas between BHCA President Sheryl Boyce and elected officials.
These are only a couple of names of so many other altruistic citizens of the community who help make a difference. BHCA Vice President Lizzette Licea told the Canarsie Courier, “We like to remind our residents that we are one big family although we live in individual apartments; we want our residents to take care of our community as if we all live together. Therefore, we encourage neighbors to help each other and look out for one another.” She explained that the residents feel secure since more lighting has been added throughout the community and police cruise around the premises on a more frequent basis.
In attendance were members of Engine 257, representatives for Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblywoman Jaime Williams, among others. In addition, former Councilman Alan Maisel was present, and despite his retired status, his effort continues as a man of service to his community.
“Do good even if no one is watching you and do it as if everyone is watching you.” – Israelmore Ayivor