AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

  • October 7, 2012 · 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 S, take I-5 South, exit 165A James, stay on left side, take the first driveway on your left (before the signal light).

From I-90 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. and turn right on 6th Ave and quickly move to the left to turn left to park under the bridge.

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 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, toiletries, etc.

For Paypal donations, just go to www.paypal.com and click "Send Money" and enter [masked] in the recipient box.
For check or cash, you can deliver you donation to one of us during cooking or serving times, or send in the mail to:
AOK Friends
c/o Jaime Ramirez
[masked]th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

If donating by check, make it out to AOK Friends.
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!

***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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  • Amiga D.

    Thank you all for coming to the serve. Wonderful serve with lots of donations (pasta salad, PB & J Sandwiches, Hot Soup, String Cheese, Rice Pudding, and clothing and shoes for the homeless folks. AOK appreciates the time you take to come out and make a difference in the community.

    October 7, 2012

  • Amiga D.

    Over the weekend, I've been picking up donations from freecycle.org folks. Got some socks to bring this Sunday. I'm thinking to write sock on a tickte and let the homeless person pick a ticket. If nothing is written on it, they get to choose something from the clothing area. What do you think? If anyone can help pick up any donations, please email me your area. I can then ask folks from other Seattle areas to contribute to the donations. Thank you so much. Look forward to see you tomorrow.

    October 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My folks are also going to show up with. So we'll have 2 more people with me. Hope that would be fine.

    October 6, 2012

    • Amiga D.

      That's so wonderful Arpit. Everyone is welcome!

      October 6, 2012

  • Amiga D.

    I've bought more clips to wear at the serve site. Please return them back to me when we are done with the serve so that I can use them again. Looking forward to see you all on Sunday around 1pm. Thank you for taking the time to come out and make a difference in other people's lives.

    October 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Debbie. Jon indcated hot meals s/b prepped @ SU. Still trying to figure something to bring.

    October 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      A little. But, I will figure out how it works. I don't give up easily. I will make a side dish if pasta salad. Easier to keep something cold than hot.

      October 5, 2012

    • Amiga D.

      Yes, a bit... thanks for bringing something to share. It will be appreciated.

      October 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Debbie. Coud I bring mac n cheese??

    October 5, 2012

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you, Lewis, AOK Friends will appreciate the extra hot foods we bring them, fruits, snacks, etc. I am planning to prepare some food for the next serve as some volunteers are wanting to bring food this Sunday.

      October 5, 2012

  • Amiga D.

    Thank you Arpit, you can bring rice pudding and clothing.

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it OK to serve rice pudding?

    October 3, 2012

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