As most of our clients will be aware, on the third Monday of January, the people of the United States (and internationally) honour the memory of the late Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr and all that he did for the push for greater civil rights and equality.* It serves as a reminder that the struggle for civil rights and equality is ongoing and takes all of us to make a difference.
In addition to celebrating King’s contribution to the fight for civil rights, many get involved in personal acts of service and strive towards the bettering of their own communities. It has become an official National Day of Service too, with the only other day being the September 11th National Day of Service. In our own effort to memorialize the day, we at Tanager have decided to dedicate time to contribute to the people in our local community.
Tanager in the Community
It is crucial to the integrity of our company that we live by our core values of kinship and service, and we physically take part in an endeavour to aid those less fortunate than ourselves. As employees we voted, and the Soup Kitchen London was selected as our charity of choice. We will be taking part in the Soup Kitchen’s ‘Walk in the Footsteps of the Homeless’ rather than simply giving a donation. This ethos is echoed in another charitable venture undertaken by a few Tanager employees earlier last summer- ‘Walking the Bryson Line’ (for more information please see our website). This initiative aims to give first-hand insights into the experience that rough sleepers endure daily- while raising money along the way. We have taken inspiration from King’s acknowledgement that “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve”.
The Soup Kitchen London
Established in 1986, this charitable organisation aims to help the homeless, elderly and vulnerable populations struggling in London. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, they have been forced to cease offering sit-down meals and instead offer takeaway food only for those that are in need. Nevertheless, this privately funded charity is able to help over 150 people a day and has also recently set up a pioneering mental health clinic for those that they help. To give a better understanding of the running costs, the below outlines the basics:
|£15||Bread for 1 day|
|£20||Tea and coffee for 1 day|
|£25||Soup for 1 day|
|£40||Fruit and vegetables for 1 day|
|£150||Meat/ protein for 1 day|
|£300||All running costs for a day|
|£7,200||All running costs for a month|
If you are interested further in supporting their important work, please follow the Soup Kitchen on their Instagram page @soupkitchenlondon or visit their website.
*Falling near to his actual birthday, originally on the 15th of January 1929 it was celebrated this year on the 17th January. It was not immediately welcomed by the Federal Government and was not until 1983 that President Ronald Reagan wrote it into law. In the year 2000 South Carolina became the final state to observe the holiday and finally Martin Luther King Day became a state-wide day of remembrance.