Payment Center hosts back-to-school soiree

caines | 8/16/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Children and families come out for free supplies

Last Friday afternoon the owners of the Neighborhood Payment Center held a back-to-school-drive for the Miami community. The event provided Miami residents with free food, a bounce house, cotton candy, snow cones, pop corn and most importantly back to school supplies. The owners were more than pleased with the community turn out. Its better than what I expected, said co-owner Angela Rowell. This was basically our small way to give back and help with the education of our youth. We grew up in this area and we know the kids are still really good kids. The event, which catered to elementary and middle school children offered book bags, folders, markers, crayons, paper and pens, and other goodies. According to co-owner Lola Daniels, the back-to-school drive is part of the companys goal to host at least one community focused event each month. Although our company is a for-profit organization, we give back like we are a non-profit organization, Daniels said. I am very happy with the turn out for this event. All of the owners expressed the positive sentiments about successfully hosting a safe event for children and families in the Miami community. It is always nice to see Black people come together for a community effort and prove commonly held stereotypes wrong about us not being able to gather in larger groups and be able to remain peaceful, said co-owner Kenneth Rowell. This was truly a family affair and all the owners were happy to see that. The next event that the payment center will host will be on Aug. 28th and will focus on the needs of Miamis elderly community. There will be onsite testing for blood pressure and diabetes and other exams all free of charge. By Julia Samuelsjsamuels@miamitimesonline.com