It is an understatement to say that 2020 has been one challenging year. However, the silver lining might be that when the going gets tough, the tough get generous.
Like the community who came together to support a middle school in Minneapolis who was asking for 85 meal kits to give students in need. The kindness was evident when the line of cars ended up spanning 14 blocks. Needless to say, the school received thousands of donations.
Know the story of the loaves and fishes?
Minneapolis’ Sanford Middle School asked for 85 bags of groceries to feed students. There are at least several thousand. And traffic is stacked in every direction for blocks. (The extra will go to food shelves.) pic.twitter.com/oxh6o1QcZo
— John Bonnes (@TwinsGeek) May 31, 2020
Sanford Middle School is only three blocks away from Minneapolis’ 3rd precinct police station. After the murder of George Floyd resulted in protests that led to the destruction of local grocery and convenience stores, the school turned to the community for aid – and it came in spades.
As reported by Insider, a student’s parent got in touch with the school and asked for help with food for their child. Jabari Browne, a Sanford special education teacher, said to Insider that the concerned parent had been in communication with other families in the area, and they needed aid.
This started at 10am. It’s hard to capture how much food has shown up to Sanford Middle School in one image. It’s astounding and I know this is happening at other places in the city too. pic.twitter.com/DZLmEIJzYR
— Evan Frost (@efrostee) May 31, 2020
Brown stated, “Due to the protests, a lot of stores are shut down and burnt down, and we have a lot of kids that don’t have transportation.”
That was the initial prompt that resulted in an email going out to the community asking for help by helping to provide about 85 meal kits for students. The email gained viral traction on social media. And as Sanford Middle School principal, Amy Nelson, shared with CBS Minnesota, the results were astonishing and humbling.
In order to be able to properly collect then distribute donations, the school partnered with The Sheridan Story – an organization dedicated to fighting child hunger. Donations were made in the form of bags full of nonperishable food items, as well as other household items such as cleaning supplies or diapers.
The donations more than covered what was needed for the students. As a result, Nelson encouraged others within the community who were in need to come and help themselves to the items that they needed.
Overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling. This is the turnout for a call for 80 bags of food for families who live near the 3rd Police Precinct who lost their convenient stores in the riots this week in South Minneapolis.
— Marielle Mohs (@MarielleMohs) May 31, 2020
Nelson then stated, “The truth is, anybody here in Minneapolis that is hurting for whatever reason, should come and get food. We’ve got plenty. We’ve been overwhelmed by the grace of our community.”
This is exactly the kind of caring and compassion that we all need to extend to one another during these difficult times. We’re all in this together – let’s share more love with one another.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.