AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

  • May 11, 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

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.

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 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


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

~ 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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  • Jenny R.

    Something has come up very unexpectedly, that might prevent me from getting down to help this morning. If I can't make it, I will look forward to being there next week. This is something that I have wanted to get involved with for along time. :o}

    Sorry and thanks

    May 11

    • Amiga D.

      We'll see you next time, Jenny. Have a wonderful week.

      May 12

  • Amiga D.

    Thank you all for coming out to the serve, for your patience, and compassion towards the folks we help. There were already 50 in line when I arrived and maybe 10-15 more who arrived later. I'm glad I was able to spend some time on Mother's day with all of you and then with my family. Hope you all enjoyed the rest of the day and look forward to see you next week at 12pm (third Sunday is from 12pm to 1pm).

    1 · May 12

  • Michelle

    It was another great day of service, so glad we worked out the kinks. I did leave early to pick up my mom as we had so many volunteers today. Thank you all for coming. It is so wonderful for me to see this type of compassion towards others.

    2 · May 11

  • regina

    Even though the site gate was locked and not opened at schedule time. Everything went smoothly.

    2 · May 11

  • Nienna

    Would this be an event i could wear my toddler to and help out? Even if we only stay part of the time?

    May 6, 2014

    • Amiga D.

      We have had parents bring their children to the serve before (including myself). We even had a baby on a stroller. You are certainly welcome to bring your toddler and stay as little or as long as you like and share the spirit of kindness with the homeless folks. Thank you, Nienna. Looking forward to meet you and your toddler.

      1 · May 6, 2014

    • Nienna

      Yay! So excited!!

      1 · May 10

  • Amiga D.

    It's Mother's day... I will be bringing more donations. The combination lock numbers for the hangers: 16, 37, 9 in case you get there first, feel free to unlock it and help us hang the clothes for the folks in need. If you have extra backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, regular grocery bags, medium size underwear, blankets, rain coats, etc. they will be greatly appreciated. See you on Sunday!

    May 4, 2014

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