Bronx resident strives to help community after return from China

Posted: Updated:
THE BRONX -

A Bronx resident has returned to his community to feed almost 300 families for the holidays.

Jomar Quintana has been teaching in China for the last two years and said that upon returning he wanted to do something positive for his neighborhood. With a combination of his own money and community donations, Quintana was able to hand out nearly 300 pernils Sunday morning at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine church.

Quintana hopes to reopen a community center on the block, which he says once served as a safe haven for children.

Quintana also awarded a $1,000 scholarship to one student.

  • Best of The BronxMore>>

  • Best of the Bronx: Ivan Ramos, aka 'Bronx Spidey'

    Best of the Bronx: Ivan Ramos, aka 'Bronx Spidey'

    Monday, April 22 2019 11:41 PM EDT2019-04-23 03:41:20 GMT
    Best of the Bronx: Ivan RamosBest of the Bronx: Ivan Ramos
    Best of the Bronx: Ivan RamosBest of the Bronx: Ivan Ramos
    The Bronx is the only borough in the city to not have its own Marvel superhero, so one West Farms resident took it upon himself to be a hero in his neighborhood.
    The Bronx is the only borough in the city to not have its own Marvel superhero, so one West Farms resident took it upon himself to be a hero in his neighborhood.
  • Best of the Bronx: Poet Alyssa Martinez

    Best of the Bronx: Poet Alyssa Martinez

    Friday, March 15 2019 6:59 AM EDT2019-03-15 10:59:20 GMT
    One Bronx girl has been inspiring others with her poetry, even getting the attention of Lin Manuel Miranda and former first lady Michelle Obama.
    One Bronx girl has been inspiring others with her poetry, even getting the attention of Lin Manuel Miranda and former first lady Michelle Obama.
  • Best of the Bronx: Royal Khaoz

    Best of the Bronx: Royal Khaoz

    Tuesday, March 5 2019 10:18 PM EST2019-03-06 03:18:29 GMT
    A reggae band on the rise in the Bronx is getting the chance to perform side-by-side with artists like Nas at an upcoming music festival.
    A reggae band on the rise in the Bronx is getting the chance to perform side-by-side with artists like Nas at an upcoming music festival.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."