Written & Anchored By 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins
Produced for 1010 WINS Radio by Sharon Barnes-Waters
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Reverend Linda Tarry-Chard is the Minister for New Membership, Care and Parish Life at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. Her achievements, however, far exceed such a title.
One project she championed in particular has the whole world singing her praises. The Project People Foundation was started in 1996 to help children in the impoverished villages of South Africa.
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At first, the Project People Foundation distributed more than 15,000 brand new black dolls, to kids in rural areas who had never seen anything like themselves in that form. But within a year, the program expanded to become a beacon of encouragement, offering job skills, training and education for both children and adults.
Tarry-Chard says growing up she was surrounded by family members and friends who prioritized volunteerism. “And the wonderful people that I grew up with in the church where I grew up right in Harlem – Refuge Temple Church. I grew up there and so what did I see every day of my life? People who love God and love people and realized to love God, you have to help people.”