We’re packing our suitcases and getting ready for the next big convention! From August 21 through 23, Random Acts staffers Jennifer, Kerry, and Emma will be in attendance in the vendors room at Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural, Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Convention Center, collecting items (as we often do) for a local nonprofit. As it’s the first year Creation has hosted an event in Minnesota, we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered up with a brand new organization, People Serving People in order to help the greater Minneapolis community.
What Is People Serving People?
Founded in 1982, People Serving People is “the region’s largest and most comprehensive family-focused homeless shelter”, according to the group’s official website. In addition to its housing and shelter services, the non-profit assists the community in a number of ways through various programs, including a culinary arts program meant to prepare students for careers in the fast-paced food industry, an employment services program which aids members with their resume and interviewing skills, and a myriad of family and childhood assistance programs, such as tutoring sessions, elementary and teen afterschool programs, and support groups for parents.
The People Serving People shelter itself houses over 300 people, approximately 200 of whom are usually children. The non-profit works with a staff of volunteers and local partners to create a comfortable space for their guests, assigning each family an advocate within 48 hours of arrival, and working to get the families into suitable permanent housing as soon as possible. The average stay for families is 39 days, but some may stay longer to ensure that they find permanent housing that meets their specific needs.
We’re Asking For Your Help
School-aged children arriving at the shelter often come without the necessary supplies for their studies and toddler-aged children also often encounter problems with toilet training because a routine is essential for this process. Having a routine in a homeless shelter is, after all, difficult. In order to lend whatever assistance we can, Random Acts is requesting that our supporters bring the following items to donate to the children of the People Serving People shelter over the upcoming #MinnCon weekend:
- Pull-Ups (or other brands of toddler-training pants), size LARGE
- School supplies, including:
- #2 pencils, sharpeners, and pens
- Crayons and markers
- Notebooks and loose-leaf paper
- Any additional items specified on the People Serving People wishlist
All items can be dropped directly at our table in the vendors room from Friday through Sunday.
What If I Can’t Bring A Donation?
It’s okay! If you can’t bring a donation with you or you forget in all the chaos of the convention weekend, we’ll be holding an on-site act of kindness in which you can still participate. We’re asking all those who are able to bring a wide-rule, single subject notebook to decorate with the stickers and markers we’ll have available at the table. You can paste your favorite stickies onto the cover or write notes of kindness and encouragement. These notebooks will then be given to the children of People Serving People. If you don’t have a notebook to decorate, we’ll find a way to accommodate you, no questions asked.
Not Heading To #MinnCon?
That’s okay too! You can still help out People Serving People by donating to their website, sending items with a friend who’ll be in attendance, or simply getting out and getting-kind in your own community. Find a local homeless shelter or tutoring program to which you might be able to donate or offer up some of your time, and honor People Serving People by following in the group’s footsteps in your own corner of the world. (Remember to tag all of your subsequent social media posts with the hashtags #GetKind and #MinnCon!)
We can’t wait to see what you do! And for all of those heading to #MinnCon… get ready to #GetKind!