AOK Friends. Let's make sandwiches and make New Friends.

  • February 9, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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Hello Volunteers!

Come on out this Sunday to help serve food for the homeless in Seattle.  As a request for a Subway sandwich, I'd like to have a "make it your way, sandwich fest."  I'm bringing bread, salami slices, olives, pickles, and mustard.  Can you bring other items listed in the comments? 

Cleanup help is also needed and appreciated after the serve.

If you'd like to donate some food/drinks (main dish, side dish, salads, 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 1 PM – 2 PM @ the Outdoor Meal Site (6th Ave & Columbia St). Coming 5 min earlier or at 1pm 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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  • Angel

    Attendance was much better than expected based on feedback. Yay!

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Samantha

    We had lots of volunteers and food, which made this a great meet up.

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • pat

    Coming

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Angel

    Already here in downtown, it is 37° and the roads are clear & wet. It would be a shame if the 80 people who slept out here last night have to miss this chance for a meal. Please let me know if there is anyone bringing bread. If not I'll go to the store.

    February 9, 2014

    • Rehab

      So should I bring bread still or do you need something else ??

      February 9, 2014

    • Rehab

      Ok I am bringing bananas instead p

      2 · February 9, 2014

  • Blake

    Unfortunately I took a hard fall yesterday while snowboarding and will have to opt out today. Stay safe in the snow everyone.

    February 9, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Oh no, Blake. Sorry to hear about your fall. Take it easy and we'll see you next time.

      February 9, 2014

  • audre s.

    So sorry. Due to the weather I won't be at the feed today. If the sun comes out in little while and melts a lot of the snow in my area I will try. But at this point, looking forward to helping next time.

    February 9, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Thanks, Audre. Safety first.

      February 9, 2014

  • Angel

    Will definitely be there. Hopefully someone can bring the rolls. Or the turkey may be wasted.

    February 9, 2014

  • UrbanLiving

    Looks like you have plenty of volunteers for serving. I'm happy to contribute & drop-off food or beverages - l'll check this discussion on Saturday to see what's still needed.

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • UrbanLiving

      Please post which (non-meat) items are still needed, and I'll pick some up today or tomorrow.

      February 8, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you, we may have to skip the sandwich making until next week if I cannot make it down to the serve with the bread. Hotdogs will be served as long as the van makes it to the site.

      February 8, 2014

  • Amiga D.

    Hello Everyone, if the snow continues through tonight, I may or may not be able to reach the folks downtown. If you can make it to the serve, please do and be safe. Will update in the morning. Thank you.

    February 8, 2014

  • Angel

    Bringing 7lbs sliced turkey, 3lbs sliced cheese, mayo and 100 hard boiled eggs.

    2 · February 8, 2014

    • Angel

      Correction, 5lbs cheese and 8lbs turkey.

      1 · February 8, 2014

  • Amiga D.

    I asked the men/women to write down two cards with their name, favorite food, clothing and shoe size if they needed other items, etc. Shawn R. asked for 2 things. 12" Subway Sandwich w/everything on it. My neighbor offered 2 bags of hot dog buns, maybe we can all chip in and bring some more bread (any type)cold cuts, sliced cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayo, mustard, olives, and surprise them this Sunday with a "have it your way sandwich"? Maybe peanut butter and jelly for backup? I'll bring the buns, salami slices, olives, pickles, and mustard. Can someone bring more of the other items listed? Maybe individual bags or Costco Size potato chips or a variety of chips? Thank you so much.

    February 3, 2014

    • Blake

      I'll bring lettuce and salt and pepper shakers/grinders.

      1 · February 6, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you, Blake. Some of them wrote down salad on their card, they will enjoy the greens in their sandwich :

      February 6, 2014

  • UrbanLiving

    I recently volunteered for the first time, so thought I'd share what I learned. For fruit, people preferred bananas over apples. Bananas are easier to eat. Many dental issues in this community. Individually wrapped pastries were more popular than grabbing a donut. In the snacks area, we were prepared with fruit and lara bars, but no one asked about special diets, like gluten-free, nut-free, vegan or kosher.

    February 5, 2014

  • Angel

    I'll bring sliced American cheese, turkey and mayo.

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you, Angel!

      February 4, 2014

  • Amiga D.

    Thank you for signing up to come out on the 9th to help serve food and distribute donations with other volunteers. I have a request, can someone help print out about 50-60 copies of the outdoor meal schedule? Perhaps reduce it to 1/4 or 1/2 the size of a printer paper? Thank you in advance! http://www.scn.org/crisis/meals.html

    February 3, 2014

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