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    Sanford Middle School Holds Food Drive In Minneapolis

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    INSIDE, BUT GREAT TO SEE FOR A SECOND DAY, THE EFFORTS WERE PEOPLE ARE OUT CLEANING UP THE STREETS MINNESOTANS ARE NOT ONLY DONATING TIME AND ENERGY, THEY DONATE FOOD FOR CHILDREN

    WE ARE LIVE FROM SANFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THAT IS RIGHT NEAR THE THIRD PRECINCT IN MINNEAPOLIS THE SANFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL SERVES 168 KIDS THAT LIVE IN THE RADIUS OF THE THIRD PRECINCT TAKE A LOOK AT THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY THIS IS 41st STREET FILLED WITH CARS DROPPING OFF DONATIONS THOSE OF THE DONATIONS THEY ARE DROPPING OFF, GROCERY BAGS FULL OF FOOD

    FOR ALL OF THE KIDS AND FAMILIES IN THE AREA LOST CONVENIENCE STORES AND GROCERY STORES, THAT IS JUST HALF OF WHAT WE HAVE TAKE A LOOK AT THE REST OF IT LOOK AT THE SEA OF GROCERY BAGS ALL OF THE PEOPLE STANDING AMONG THEM ARE VOLUNTEERS THAT CAME OUT TO HELP THESE BAGS ARE FULL OF STAPLES LIKE CEREAL AND TORTILLAS, RICE, BEANS, BREAD, ANY SORT OF NONPERISHABLE FOODS AND PERISHABLE THAT FAMILIES CAN USE AFTER EVERYTHING WAS BURNED OR DESTROYED IN THE MOST RECENT DAYS

    I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE PRINCIPLE OF SANFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL AMY NELSON GOOD MORNING TO YOU WHAT AN OVERWHELMING DAY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL TELL ME ABOUT THE EXTREME TURNOUT IT'S NOT SURPRISING, WE LIVE IN A GREAT CITY AND WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO HELP

    WE HAVE AREAS THAT LOST ACCESS TO FOOD AND A COUPLE NEIGHBORS REACH OUT SAYING CAN WE WORK TOGETHER ON THIS AND MAKE IT HAPPEN? LET'S THINK THIS THROUGH A LITTLE IT STARTED WITH AN EMAIL THAT WENT VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE RESPONSES BEEN OVERWHELMING IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY WE WERE A LITTLE PANICKED WE CALLED OUR BUDDIES AT THE SHERIDAN STORY AND I CORRECTED WITH, I CONNECTED WITH ROB WILLIAMS

    I CAN DO A SCHOOL, I'VE NEVER DONE SCHOOL DISTRIBUTION THEY ARE HERE BEING SO HELPFUL AND SUPPORTIVE OF TRUCKS AND GEAR AND THIS IS A PHENOMENAL DAY I WANT TO BRING YOU IN WITH THE SHERIDAN STORY, THIS IS WHO AMY WAS REFERRING TO TELL ME IN WHAT WAY YOU GUYS STEPPED IN TO HELP THIS OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF DONATIONS? OUR GOAL IS TO FILL THE FOOD GAPS WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD SO THE PANDEMIC, ALL THE SUDDEN IT BECAME A HUGE FOOD GAP AND WITH DAMAGE AND EVERYTHING IN THE DIFFERENT CLOSURES IT BECAME A SIGNIFICANT ACUTE NEED THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN POPPED UP

    I GOT A CALL YESTERDAY MORNING, HEY, THIS THING IS HUGE PEOPLE WILL BE RINGING FOOD AND BASICALLY WE CAN TO HELP FACILITATE THE FOOD DROP OFF AND THE FOOD BEING PROVIDED TO THE FAMILIES WHO ARE COMING HERE IN ABOUT AN HOUR YOU BROUGHT BIG TRUCKS AND VOLUNTEER POWER? EXACTLY WE BROUGHT THE PICKUP, THE PICKUP VEHICLES AND PALLETS AND EVERYTHING AND WE ARE FACILITATING THE DONATIONS OF THE FOOD ITEMS

    AND YOUR REACH HAS EXPANDED FAR BEYOND THIS COMMUNITY WHAT OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS ARE YOU DECIDED TO HELP BRING THE FOOD TO AND DELIVER THE FOOD TOO? THE TRUTH IS, ANYONE 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 THE COMMUNITY PEOPLE HAVE DRIVEN FROM LONG WAYS TO DROP OFF FOOD WHICH IS HEARTWARMING AND NOT SURPRISING, PEOPLE WANT TO HELP

    WHOEVER NEEDS FOOD, WE ARE HERE AND WE'VE GOT STUFF SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC YOU GUYS HAD A ROUGH ENDING TO THE SCHOOL YEAR NOT WHAT YOU EVER PREDICTED TO SEE YOU BACK ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS WITH YOUR COMMUNITY, WITH YOUR FAMILIES, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? IT IS WHERE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE

    PEOPLE GO WITH EDUCATION TO WORK WITH KIDS AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD BEING AWAY FROM THE BUILDINGS AND KIDS HAS BEEN SO HARD TO BE BACK HERE, I GOT TONS OF STAFF AND FAMILIES VOLUNTEERING ALL TRYING TO REMAIN AS A SOCIALLY DISTANCE AS WE CAN NUTRITION SERVICES FROM MINNEAPOLIS IS COMING TO PROVIDE PERISHABLE FOOD FOR FAMILIES SO THEY CAN GET FRESH FOOD AS WELL AS NONPERISHABLE GOODS

    WE'VE JUST COME TOGETHER IN THE LAST 36 HOURS TO PULL IT OFF AND THAT IS WHAT TEACHERS DO THEY COME TOGETHER FAMILIES WE ARE SO GRATEFUL THIS IS JUST SUCH A GREAT STORY TO SEE AFTER A WEEK OF DARKNESS AND TRAGEDY IN THE COMMUNITY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING

    THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND SHARING THE STORY AS MENTIONED, THAT IS WHAT THEY NEED, PEOPLE TO COME HERE AND PICK UP THE DONATIONS THE COMMUNITY HAS RESPONDED AND ALREADY BEEN GENEROUS WE WANT TO GET THE FOOD AND THE DIAPERS AND THE PRODUCTS AND THE NECESSITIES TO PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY NEED IT IF YOU ARE IN NEED, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE, YOU WON'T BE TURNED AWAY

    COME DOWN AND PICK UP A FOOD BAG AND DIAPER BOX, ANYTHING YOU NEED, IT IS YOURS IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHO RELIED ON THE TARGET AND RELIED ON THE COB AND SMALL BUSINESSES THAT WERE DAMAGED AND EVEN DESTROYED AND TO SEE THE COMMUNITY COME OUT LIKE THAT, YOU ARE JUST SEEING CAR AFTER CAR AFTER CAR I WAS BLOWN AWAY WHEN WE CAME OUT THIS MORNING I THOUGHT IT WOULD JUST BE IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL, BUT INSTEAD, THIS LINE OF CARS EXTENDED FOR BLOCKS AND BLOCKS CARS, JUST WANTING TO DONATE, ALL AGES AND RACES IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE

    THIS IS OUR PARENT THIS IS LAURA I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE SHE HAD A CHANCE TO SAY HELLO LAURA IS ONE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF THREE THAT BEGAN THIS IDEA I KNOW YOU DIDN'T WANT TO BE THE CENTER OF THIS STORY, BUT WHILE WE HAVE YOU HERE, WHAT SPARKS THE DRIVE TO WANT TO DO SOMETHING? THE PARENT FAMILY LIAISON AT SANFORD UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE WERE ALMOST A COUPLE HUNDRED KIDS LIVING IN THE THREE BLOCK RADIUS RIGHT AROUND THE THIRD PRECINCT

    THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS DESTROYED THEY HAVE NO ACCESS TO BASIC SERVICES AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS CLOSED THEY WERE IN A BAD PLACE MY THOUGHT WELL, WE PUT OUT A REQUEST TO FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK SAYING FRIENDS, WE NEED 85 BAGS OF FOOD AND DIAPERS AND THINGS AND THE RESPONSE EXPLODED OVERNIGHT

    SO A DAY AND A HALF AGO, WE SET UP A FACEBOOK PAGE CALLED LONGFELLOW STRONG AND OBVIOUSLY THIS COMMUNITY KNOWS HOW TO PULL TOGETHER WHEN THINGS ARE HARD SO WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH PEACEFUL PROTESTS AND WITH JUSTICE FOR GEORGE AND WE ARE JUST GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE, THIS IS INCREDIBLE

    WE HAVE NO IDEA WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE SCHOOL WHO STEPPED IN TO HELP US AND THIS QUICKLY GREW BEYOND OUR CONTROL THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS REALLY STEPPED IN TO HELP US NOT ONLY ORGANIZE AND GET IT DONE, BUT TO GET THE FOOD TO FAMILIES THAT NEED IT I'M SURE IT CHANGED THE FOCUS IN LONGFELLOW NEIGHBORHOOD FROM DESTRUCTION TO JOY AND UNITY WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING FROM WISCONSIN AND OTHER COUNTRIES WHO HEARD ABOUT THIS YOU ARE ASKING HOW THEY CAN SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY

    WE DIRECT THE PEOPLE TO THE SHERIDAN STORY WHICH HELPS MINNEAPOLIS AND OTHER SCHOOLS GET FOOD RIGHT TO PEOPLE THAT NEED IT AND WE ARE SUGGESTING PEOPLE SUPPORT WE LOVE LAKE STREETCOM IT'S A FUND THAT WILL HELP SMALL BUSINESSES REBUILD THAT WILL BE REALLY CRITICAL FOR THE LONG-TERM HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY AND TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WE NEED TO REBUILD TOGETHER, HOPEFULLY WITH THE MORE JUST AND EQUITABLE SOCIETY

    AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOU GUYS BRING OUT HERE WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT RIGHT NOW FAMILIES IN NEED, SENIORS AND STUDENTS SHOULD COME TO SANFORD FROM 12:00 4:00 WE WILL BE HERE AS LONG AS WE NEED TO BE IT IS WORTH REPEATING

    IF YOU NEED SOMETHING OR IF YOU HAVE TRANSPORTATION AND KNOW OF A FAMILY WHO IS IN NEED OR A SENIOR, WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME FAMILIES IN THE SCHOOL WHO ARE DEALING WITH COVID-19 IF YOU KNOW PEOPLE THAT NEED FOOD AND DIAPERS AND FORMULA, CLEANING SUPPLIES, WE HAVE EVERYTHING AND WE WANT TO GET IT QUICKLY AND DIRECTLY TO PEOPLE MOST IN NEED PLEASE COME FROM 12:00 4:00 TO GET ALL OF THESE AMAZING DONATIONS THANK YOU SO MUCH

    THANK YOU SO MUCH COME OUT IF YOU ARE IN NEED AND YOU WANT TO HELP AND BRING THE

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