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A Neighborhood Hero

Dakarai Singletary founded the Western New York based non-profit organization Candles in the S.U.N. (Save Ur Neighborhood) with a mission to advance communities and overcome the challenges faced by underprivileged inner-city families and youth through education, mentorship and co-curricular activities. As the COVID-19 pandemic has made its way through the nation, it has brought with it new and incredibly difficult obstacles for the inner-city population to navigate. One of them has been securing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Dakarai and his team of “neighborhood heroes” have been out in the community supplying over 1,000 masks and gloves to people most desperate for assistance. “Without proper PPE, it leaves people vulnerable to the virus and makes it impossible for them to get what they need to survive,” explained Dakarai. “They’re requiring masks everywhere right now – but not everyone has the monetary or supply access to them. So, we wanted to do something to cut that need.”

Candles in the S.U.N. also provides the community with other vital resources, including food donations, backpacks for school and opportunities for kids to learn and even play. The need has grown, but so has Dakarai’s team of heroes.

To learn more about Dakarai and his efforts, check out the links below:

https://www.candlesinthesun.com/ https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/buffalo-strong/candles-in-the-s-u-n-distributes-ppe-to-western-new-yorkers-in-need