Originally uploaded by kevdonahue

We did our annual MLK Day of Service trip to Rev. Kent Matthies’ church, the Unitarian Society of Germantown, for some community service.

That’s Kent on the left, with Virginia, a nice guy named Al Vincent we met for the first time, fellow TP member Dorothy Hammett and the Rev. Stefan Poppa, of the UUA. The day dawned cold (15 degrees) but warmed up enough that a trash-cleaning walk along Germantown Ave. was, for the most part, comfortable.

The boys went with a friend to help paint hallways at a nearby school. There were so many people, though, that they ended up helping to make sandwiches – lots of sandwiches – for the homeless. They didn’t complain, so it must not have been as bad as that sounds.

The trash pickup was actually a bit of social action. The Pa. DOT has launched a massive project to upgrade sewer along G’town Ave., but it has had a big impact on local businesses. In addition, PennDOT has refused to pay to have the trash thrown off by the project cleaned up. The trash we cleaned up may eventually end up dumped in the office of the local city councilperson.

Sometimes, justice smells a little rancid …

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