AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

  • May 25, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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Hello Volunteers!

Come on out this Sunday to help serve food and help distribute donations to 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, pizza, fresh fruits, granola bars, bottles of water, etc. it will be appreciated and optional.

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

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.

It's great to know that so many people have the spirit of friendship and giving, and support one another in expressing that in our own unique ways.  There are infinite ways to express an act of kindness and you really are the source of that.  For some, coming out to give out food or clothing is their way of expressing acts of kindness.  For others, it is donating money or food.  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 by serving the meals, passing out the water, putting condiments on the hotdogs, or helping to sort and pass out the donations. 

~ Donate money - Donations can be made through check, cash, or Paypal!  

For Paypal donations, just go to 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

~ Donate backpacks, tents, socks, shoes, clothing, toiletries, jeans (sizes 28 to 42), bus passes, etc.

~ Join in your area and request donations to help the homeless survive the cold winter.

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

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

~ 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. 

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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  • Karen

    My first time at this outside feeding site. Should I bring something? Any suggestions? Thanks Karen.

    1 · May 22, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Hi Karen, thank you for asking. You can bring any donations you like (food, clothing, toiletries, etc.) that can help the homeless folk's life more bearable in the streets. Sorry I will miss you, will not be able to attend this Sunday. Please see Mike B, Regina, or Andy for any questions.

      May 23, 2014

    • Wendy M.

      This is also my first time and I'm bringing my 13-year old daughter.

      May 24, 2014

  • Maile

    BARTELLS DEODORANT SALE 99 cents on select Speed Stick Deodorant. We could ALWAYS use more! I already got to the Harvard Market on Broadway, Wallingford and Seneca St. Bartells. This is the time to stock up!!!!!!! Thanks! Maile

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Rachel

    I missed you all but had a great weekend in Port Angeles visiting my family. I am glad that it is good baking weather again

    May 23, 2014

  • Amiga D.

    Sorry to miss you guys tomorrow, won't be able to attend. If you are new, please see Mike B, Regina, or Andy as they have been at the serve before. Thank you for making time to come out and make a difference in many folks lives. They really appreciate it. Have a great Memorial day weekend.

    May 23, 2014

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