BY CINDY CARTER, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG – As part of the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 15, local organization 9-11 Angels will be involved in two days of good deeds that promise to have an impact on participants for a lifetime.
Partnering with Phoenix Uplift, 9-11 Angels plan to educate the public about fire safety and bring a little fun to the community.
It all starts Jan. 14 when 9-11 Angels will be hosting a fire themed afternoon from 2-4 p.m. at Stewart Isom Memorial, 1820 Walton St. S, in St. Petersburg.
Children in attendance will receive a kid’s fun pack complete with a coloring book and crayons. A coloring contest is scheduled for children aged 5-12 and participants will take their favorite page from the coloring book and submit it to the competition for judging. Gifts of fire trucks and bubbles will be given to winners.
Fire disasters affect people all over the country and Yolanda McCloud, founder of 9-11 Angels, has worked since 2002 to show her appreciation to firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect others.
“After 9-11, I wanted to show my appreciation for their hard work,” said McCloud. She’s been serving up food ever since. Her goodwill began with Station 8 on Martin Luther King Jr. Street, but quickly grew. Now her organization consists of 12 volunteers.