From Rachel Nelson, Counselor at Aquila
In the small Sparks groups we are learning about Acts of Kindness and brainstorming ways we can have a positive impact on others. One of the Kind Acts we will be doing is making sandwiches for the homeless in downtown Minneapolis.
This is possible through an organization called 363 Days.
A retired teacher has taken the daily responsibility of sharing food with those in need, and we will be his little helpers for one of those days making about 450 sandwiches!
This is a great opportunity for the Spark kids!
Mr. Law will be coming to pick up the sandwiches, thank the kids and share how their act of kindness will help others that night.
More About 363 Days
About Minneapolis Recreation Development: “Love One Another”http://www.363days.org/index.html
Minneapolis Recreation Development is dedicated to serving the homeless community, vulnerable individuals, disadvantaged youth, and their families in the Twin Cities through our Three Programs. Enabled by the generous support of our donor community, from 9pm to10am every night Founder Allan Law drives throughout the Twin Cities serving people in urgent need in homeless shelters, and on the street. Making as many as 50 stops a night, he distributes donated sandwiches, basic necessities, and encouragement to the homeless from the back of the MRD minivan. He volunteers overnight because that’s when shelters are closed, and homeless people living on the street are most vulnerable. He also responds to several calls a day 24/7 from people in crisis, with requests ranging from critical immediate needs, to others like help finding a job or temporary housing.
On any given night there are an estimated 7,000 homeless people in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, and 2,200 of them are children under 17. The goal of MRD is to feed, and provide emergency assistance to as many of them every day as possible. In 2012 MRD will serve over 100,000 people in urgent need, which is made possible by the incredible outpouring of both the time and resources of our donor community, and a handful of dedicated volunteers.
Photos from the day:
Mr. Law Comes to Pick Up the Sandwiches