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Local man honored with service award

Malcom Blue, member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, receives 2013 Roosevelt Award

Posted: November 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.

During his time volunteering for the Angel Interfaith Network, Malcom Blue helped offer needed baby items, hygiene products and furniture to mothers in dire need. Blue received the Roosevelt Award for Service for the 38th Assembly District. Blue has served others in need on the East and West coasts for more than 45 years.

 

Malcolm Blue has a deep love for helping others. A love he has shown over more than 45 years serving others in need. In honor of his lifetime of service, he was recognized with the 2013 Roosevelt Award for Service.

Blue, 72, dedicated the majority of his life to serving others. As a native New Yorker, he volunteered at the Cardinal McCloskey School and Home for Children, an orphanage in New York City.

Later, after moving to the West coast, Blue continued his charitable efforts in Santa Clarita and Los Angeles.

Roosevelt Award
The Roosevelt Award is given by the Los Angles Democratic Party. It honors one man and one woman from each assembly district in Los Angeles County who have a history of involvement and charitable endeavors in Los Angeles County.

Malcolm Blue and Kristen Ingram-Worthman were honored along with other assembly district recipients at the annual gala event. Recipients were presented with citations from 18 different political figures, including the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Senator Barbara Boxer.

Honorees were also presented with a commemorative pin depicting Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, whom the award is named for.

Renewed Purpose
Blue worked for Nestle for nearly 40 years. Twenty years ago Blue’s position was transferred to California. He found a home in Valencia and for several years Blue searched for a church home. After attending a Catholic mass which he labeled as “incredibly homophobic,” he began searching for a new church.

He joined St. Stephen’s 18 years ago. Blue felt a renewed sense of purpose and love from his new church.

“For the first time in life I felt whole,” recalled Blue. “I felt I had a two way street relationship with the Creator.”

His renewed spirituality prompted him to continue helping others in need. He began working with the less fortunate in Santa Clarita and Los Angeles.

He served as a volunteer for the Angel Interfaith Network, which offered help to the poor who were dealing with hospitalization concerns. The group offered household items, baby supplies or other hygiene items to those in need.

One day, he delivered a crib to a mother who recently had twins. The mother, very grateful, told Blue a social worker had threatened to take her newborns away if she did not get a second crib for the babies. Blue and the Angel Interfaith Network saved her from losing her children.

Blue prompted St. Stephen’s to established the AIDS Lunch Outreach more than 10 years ago. He recruited volunteers from St. Stephen’s to organize a monthly lunch for nearly 100 homeless people with AIDS at the County Hospital in Los Angeles.

Closer to home, Blue volunteers at the Bridge to Home shelter, led a monthly support group for people with AIDS in Santa Clarita and recently was certified through a program which offers support to people on their deathbed.

His inspiration for his tireless work for others is the memory of his parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland and Scotland who endured difficult conditions.

“This is a way for me to give back,” said Blue. “As much as I give, I get that much more back. I just can’t help but want to help others.”

 

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