Elizabeth Cowan-Beard, 90-years-old, and Joseph Jayden Daniels, seven-years-old, were honored at “A Day of Love and Laughter” on Feb. 15.
The annual event, sponsored Dr. G. Landry, was held at the Yvonne Burke Community Center and scores of people came out for the occasion. Landry, an author, caregiver and homeless activist, created the faith-based program to recognize people who contribute to the betterment of others.
“Mrs. Beard is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She has spent more than half of her life reaching out to help others in her neighborhood and surrounding communities,” said Landry.
“Young Master Daniels is a child actor has a passion for the homeless. He even read my new book of poetry, ‘Voices of the Homeless’ and shared that when he grows up, ‘I want to help the homeless like Dr. Landry,’” she noted.
Supporters who attended “A Day of Love and Laughter” included Pastor Shelia Claiborne of St. Paul Church of God in Christ in Bakersfield, Minister Aundra Calvin of Triumph Church, Tracey Inai of West Angeles Community Development Corporation, Arnaè Batson and Hearts Afire Community Choir, jazz singer Ms. Mashariki, LAPD Officer Michael Robertson of the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Marcus Perkins, supervisor of the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Santa Monica.
Delighted over the success of the program, Landry said, “My continued desire is to reach the lost by spreading the Good News and honoring those who care for persons who live and sleep on our streets.”