Rev. Lincoln Skinner, president of the South Pasadena Prayer Breakfast, presents a check for $1,000 to the local Fire Department. The donation will go to those affected by burn injuries. Photo Courtesy of the South Pasadena Prayer Breakfast.

The South Pasadena Prayer Breakfast handed over a $1,000 check to the Fire Department this week, specifically for those affected by burn injuries.

The donation was presented by Rev. Lincoln Skinner, senior minister

Oneonta Congregational Church, Tuesday afternoon at the South Pasadena Fire Station. The $1,000 is designated for the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors, a nonprofit organization managed by firefighters and civilians who volunteer their services and are dedicated to assist those that have been affected by burn injuries.

“This is the second year that Oneonta Church has donated a portion of their proceeds from the annual Prayer Breakfast to the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors,” South Pasadena Fire Chief Paul Riddle said this week in an email to the Review. “This year’s donation will be $1,000 and will be donated on behalf of the South Pasadena Firefighters Association. Quest is a Non-Profit that is dedicated to assisting the victims of burn injuries and their families.”

The Rev. Skinner echoed Riddle’s comments, saying the donation is just another way to support work of first-responders.

“When the members of the prayer breakfast committee first reached out to Chief Paul Riddle and Captain Kris Saxon and asked them how we could best support our local firefighters, they immediately directed us to Quest,” Rev. Skinner, who is also president of the South Pasadena Prayer Breakfast, said. “We are honored to play a part in caring for those first responders who risk their lives every day for our community.”

This is the third such donation this year by the Prayer Breakfast, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2015 by various members of the South Pasadena community.

Along with this donation, the Prayer Breakfast donated $1,000 this year to Good Samaritots, a South Pasadena-based nonprofit organization that creatively empowers small children to serve those in need, and HomeBoy Industries, a Los Angeles-based gang intervention organization, according to Skinner.

“This is always such a rewarding donation,” Riddle said. “I have seen firsthand the great work Quest does for burn victims and their families during their time of need.”

SPPB is funded by private donations raised at their annual February event, where inspirational speakers, local musicians, delicious food, and community prayers are offered to a sold-out crowd. Their next Prayer Breakfast event is planned for February 19, 2019, at Holy Family Catholic Church on Fremont Avenue in South Pasadena. More details are provided on their website,www.sopasprayerbreakfast.org.

Steve Whitmore
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Steve Whitmore is the assistant editor for the San Marino Tribune and the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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