Pillows for everyone and at least one homemade quilt: gifts from St Paul

Tonight we got an amazing gift from Brian Wagner. He arrived at our front door with a truck full of pillows, blankets, linen, clothes and more. A friend of a Brian, former Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff, is a friend of Shelter Director Monica Nilsson. Gary shared a post about the shelters on Facebook. It touched Brian enough that he shared it in various places and his friends and neighbors rallied enough to fill his truck.

Such generosity from new friends! The donation includes brand new pillows and one very special homemade quilt made by a woman who is disabled and homebound but who has offered to make more. Our hope is to share that quilt with a guest who finds permanent housing as a reminder of the help we get and give to strangers. A celebratory gift to help start a new life warm and with beauty.

We will welcome help! Are you interested in coming in and helping out -please sign up and join us:

Or if you have a group looking to volunteer, we are looking to serve dinner at 7pm for approximately 80 plates. As we ramp up the shelters, we are particularly looking for groups or organizations that are willing to take on an entire service from prep, cook, serve to clean up. There is a full kitchen available at the church. Shelter Director Monica Nilsson can try to help a meal group defray some cost with food from Second Harvest.

If you are interested in helping with meal service, please contact us or sign up online for Meal Service Volunteers.

Published by Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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