AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

  • April 20, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Hello Volunteers!

Come on out this Sunday to help serve food for the homeless in Seattle. Cleanup help is also needed and appreciated after the serve.

If you'd like to donate some food/drinks (main dish, side dish, fresh fruits, granola bars, bottles of water, etc.), socks, gloves, shoes, gently used coats, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts with hoods, fleece, backpacks, sport bags, or blankets, please bring them to the site. Most desired sizes are L, XL, and XXL.

Where: Serving from 12 PM – 1 PM @ the Outdoor Meal Site (6th Ave & Columbia St). Coming 5 min earlier or at 12pm is best. Sometimes serve ends before the hour.

From I-405 N or S, to 520 West (toll-bridge), I-5 South, exit 165A James, stay on left side, take the first driveway on your left (before the signal light) and park facing the fence.

From I-90 West, to I-5 North, exit on James St. Turn left on James St, turn right on 4th Ave, continue about 3 blocks, turn right on Marion St.  Turn right on 6th Ave and quickly move to the left to turn left to park facing the fence.

Serve site is under the freeway and free parking when facing the fence (designated for volunteers). Please check google map or other online maps if you are coming from other directions.

 

Seattle Times article - Response

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/local...

On December 5, 2010, the Seattle Times published an article about AOK Friends. Since that article, we have received over $4,000 in donations! One very generous donor, broke the record of highest donation by a single donor by donating $2,000 via Paypal! It's great to have such a influx in money, but what's really important is the spirit behind the giving. It really says something about the people in our community, people that we don't even know and don't even think to acknowledge in passing. This spirit of giving and these acts of friendship between one another, whether we know each other or not, is what we as AOK Friends are out to create in the world as a community. Thank you for being that for others.

How you can help:
It's great to know that so many people have the spirit of friendship and giving, and let's support one another in expressing that in our own unique ways. For some, coming out to cook and/or give out food is their way of expressing acts of kindness. For others, it's donating money or food. There are infinite ways to express an act of kindness, and you really are the source of that. Every time you come and hand out food or have a conversation with another person, you really are taking the spirit of AOK Friends and creating it in reality as your own.

 

Here are a few ideas of how you can express yourself as the spirit of friendship:

Assist at the serve.
Donate money - Donations can be made through check, cash, or Paypal!

Donate clothing, backpacks, socks, shoes, blankets, jeans, gloves, coats, toiletries, etc.

Purchase .99 cents clothing at Value Village on Mondays to donate on Sundays.

Pick up donations from freecycle.org neighbors by posting a request for items to help the homeless survive the cold winter.

For Paypal donations, just go to www.paypal.com and click "Send Money" and enter [masked] in the recipient box.

For check (to AOK Friends) can send in the mail to:
AOK Friends
[masked]th Ln. SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Getting involved with creating and holding fundraisers.
Creating a more lively, warm atmosphere at the serve site. This can include recruiting musicians to perform at serves, providing decorations for the Meal Site, or anything else you see would create a more friendly environment.


Hold Creation Meetings where you get together with others devoted to creating friendship in the world and present and develop ideas you have.


Anything you come up with, we invite you to share with others. It's by your letting others know your ideas and who you are about them that they are able to contribute and bring ideas to reality.

Thank you for volunteering and making a difference in our community!

***Please note that every 3rd Sunday of the month, serve starts one hour earlier, so serving starts at 12 PM, and on the other Sundays at 1PM. Thanks!

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  • c

    Easter is definitely a time for renewal. I couldn't possibly not make it out and serve. :)

    2 · April 19

  • audre s.

    Hi Debbie. I will come by today with toiletries. I have so much that it would be a shame to miss an opportunity to distribute this stuff. I won't bring all the bags and I personally will hang back if there's enough volunteers today. See you soon.

    1 · April 20

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you Audre for the toiletries, it was well appreciated by all the folks.

      1 · April 20

  • Amiga D.

    I am planning to go to Dim Sum King afterwards and shop at the Asian Market. If anyone is interested, you can join me. I can take 4 guests in my car.

    April 19

    • Victor

      Count me in - I'll be driving myself but will check in at the end of the serve

      April 19

  • Amiga D.

    Wow! What a great amount of volunteers signed up to bring some Easter Cheer to the homeless. If you'd like to bring some treats for them, that will be awesome. Know that candies are probably not the best gifts for their teeth, but maybe an Easter card, a backpack, a pair of socks, underwear, or something else will be very welcome. I'm planning to bring jeans, shoes, clothes, underwear, and some toiletries. While we don't need so many volunteers, feel free to come out and see what AOK Friends does on a Sunday serve. If you are new, come on out and introduce yourself to me and other members. Help pass the food, water, put condiments on the hotdogs, help find a match with the person and the clothing, cleanup or setup. If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact me by email. Thank you again for making a difference in our community.

    April 19

  • Amiga D.

    If you can ask your friends/family if they have extra bus passes to donate, it will be greatly appreciated. I bought some jeans at value village and underwear at Grocery Outlet to pass out this Sunday. Remember, the serve this Sunday starts at noon. Thank you for making time to come out and make a difference in our community. See you soon!

    April 18

  • Rachel

    I had a great time meeting the volunteers and the people that we helped. What do you need most right now in the way of food?

    April 15

    • Amiga D.

      Hi Rachel, anything you'd like to add will be appreciated. Pastas, rice, chili, etc.

      April 18

  • Tiffany C.

    Excited 2 be involved in something meaningful

    1 · April 13

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