MILWAUKEE — On the corner of 12th and Brown, outside of Bethany Church of God and Christ, two brothers led the charge in handing out groceries to community members in Milwaukee.
“It’s important for us to reach out. We are our brother's keeper and we need to help,” said Donell Allen, Pastor of Bethany Church of God and Christ.
Donell’s brother Maurice Allen feels this is his way to pay it forward, after he was given a second chance at life.
“It’s important for me to give back to the community. I feel grateful to still be here and somebody gave the ultimate sacrifice for me to be here still,” said Maurice.
In 2017, Maurice had a heart and kidney transplant, there were moments when doctors told the family, Maurice wouldn’t make it.
“We were preparing for his funeral because the doctors said we have done everything for him. God is a miracle worker and he did a miracle on my brother,” said Donell.
Since his recovery, Maurice has focused on uplifting the community. He founded Street Warriors two years ago, a non-profit organization that hands out fresh food around to City to those in need.
“A lot of people out here are suffering, and love is the thing that is needed now more than ever,” said Maurice.
The two brothers, along with other volunteers, gave groceries to more than 300 families. On average Bethany Church of God and Christ helps more than 3,000 families in Milwaukee. Those on the receiving end are incredibly grateful for what they call a blessing.
“The blessing part is I can share it too because it's so much,” said Shawn Young.
Maurice bevies he was given his second chance for this-- to continue to uplift the community.
“People worry about what’s going to happen when you're gone, that’s not the most important thing, what’s important is what you do now while you’re still here,” said Maurice.
The Bethany Church of God and Christ Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 11:00 a.m.
To learn more about Street Warriors click here.