AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

  • April 27, 2014 · 1:00 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 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.

Join www.buynothingproject.org 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 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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  • Michelle

    I really enjoyed this experience. Everyone was great including the people we served. I'm motivated to do more!

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Welcome, Michelle. Join us anytime you are available. Thank you for making a difference in our community.

      April 30, 2014

  • Rachel

    This meeting (April 27) was especially good (my 3rd.) The hangers for the clothes REALLY helped. Is there any way that we can have these available every time.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Yes, the hangers are great. Can someone post the combination # for the lock? Thank you, Rachel... it was one of the funniest serve as I was joking around so much with all the folks. They all left with a smile and donations that will make their lives a little more comfortable.

      April 28, 2014

    • Maile

      I forgot the combo during my hiatus. I might have given it to Debbie W, but the OPSack Lunch helper opened it yesterday. I can't come next Sunday, but I was thinking of getting an easier lock and chain because that one is difficult. We can post the combo up for everyone... eventually.

      April 28, 2014

  • Janis

    Sorry Debbie! Still fighting off this nasty cold. Will try and make it next time... =(

    April 25, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Feel better soon, Janis. We missed you at the serve!

      April 28, 2014

  • Amiga D.

    Thank you all for coming out last Sunday. Your presence, your help, your donations, and your involvement was well appreciated. Bus passes are still in great need. Tents (2-3 persons), jeans, Medium sized underwear (I joked: you need to gain some weigh or loose some) as I only found small or large at the Grocery Outlet stores in my area. Looking forward to see you next week. Food: any is appreciated. Drinks: some requested soft drinks or juices. Thank you for making a difference in many folk's lives.

    April 28, 2014

  • regina

    Great smiles with helping hand makes the world a better place.
    Another great turnout with extra goodies. Bless everyone for donating their time, food, clothing.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Maile

    They are having a Buy One Get One Free sale on the Premier Value brand at Bartells thru Sat May 3. Many of the items people like are on sale like TISSUE PACKS, NAIL CLIPPERS, BAND AIDS and RAZORS. It also looks like we could use more DEODORANT, TOOTHBRUSHES and HAND SANITIZER. Let us know if you find any deals! Thanks!

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Matt

    If anyone would be interested in carpooling from the eastside tomorrow let me know, I live in Kirkland. I won't have a car and prefer not to take the bus as the weekend schedule is more spread out.

    April 26, 2014

  • Jacquelyn T.

    I will be bringing single-servings of canned fruit and pb&j sammies too.

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you, Jacquelyn! That will be very welcome by the folks.

      April 22, 2014

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