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    Sack 'Em Sunday's

    A feel good story about giving back ...

    I began working in downtown Detroit and despite it being the murder capital of the USA, I found myself more distracted by and drawn to the homeless people on the streets each day as I drove in and out of the city.

    I had been trying for years to volunteer some place that would allow me to bring my two children to give them a sense of appreciation for their blessings (ages 10/boy and 8/girl, at the time) but most organizations considered them too young to participate. The few places that did allow the kids to volunteer had stringent schedules that didn’t work well with their academic and sports schedules.

    So, I created ‘Sack 'Em Sunday's’.
    The name comes from my love of football and it seemed instead of watching football on Sunday's that that time could be used more wisely ... by making 'sack' lunches and giving back.
    I created an email and sent it to out that read as follows:

    Sack ‘Em Sunday’s
    ‘…You shall open wide your hand to your brother,
    to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
    Deuteronomy 15:11

    Want to make a difference?
    You can by contributing your time, sack supplies,
    and cash or other donations (i.e.: hats, jackets, etc.) to
    Sack ‘Em Sunday’s!

    On the first Sunday of every month, for about $1 per sack,
    at least 100 sacks will be prepared and delivered
    to people living on the streets in Detroit.

    Dates for 2011: 11/6, 12/4
    Dates for 2012: 1/8, 2/5, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, 7/1, 8/5, 9/2, 10/7

    It’s easy … simply drop your donated items off at our house.
    The Patton’s will prepare the sacks and deliver them to people on the streets in Detroit
    (exact locations TBD). We can fit 7 passengers in our van
    … if you’d like to come along for the ride just call us.

    EVERY MONTH AMOUNT (est.) COST (est.)
    Juice 100 $20
    Bread 12 loaves $15
    Jelly (any flavor) 5 jars $10
    Peanut butter (plain or peanut) 3 jars $12
    Apple sauce (single serving cups) 100 $25
    Cookies (we will package them 2 per snack size food storage bag) 200 $15
    Sandwich size food storage bags 200 $3
    Plastic spoons (for apple sauce) 100 $2
    Lunch size paper bags 100 $2
    ‘Jesus Loves You!!!’ notes 100 $1

    Feel free to spread the word! Even your kids can help by packing the sacks, decorating the lunch bags, donating from their piggy banks, etc. Maybe they can earn a badge for scouts or make this a school project?

    This is a non-profit effort. All cash or check donations (made payable to: William or Annmarie Patton, 21454 Gentry Drive, Macomb, MI 48044) will be used to purchase items for the sacks. Other donations like hats, gloves, jackets, etc. are welcomed and will be distributed too.

    To keep you in the loop, a ‘report’ will be sent via email each month with FAQ’s regarding the overall experience and include details about feedback we received during delivery, supplies and donations status, etc.

    If you have questions contact us / The Patton’s at banjopatton@comcast.net or #586-713-7494.

    We fully funded the first month but then generous contributions began to arrive from family and friends which allowed us to continue.

    My husband, our two kids, my mom and a few friends assemble 100 sack lunches and then the four of us (me, my husband and our two kids) take our mini-van to Detroit to pass the lunches out to homeless people on the streets. During the winter months we also passed out hats, gloves and scarves donated by a local church.

    Recipients are extremely appreciative and many ask for seconds, which we provide. Our kids have a lot of questions especially when we we’re sharing sacks with homeless children.

    This effort serves as a great example for kids and adults alike regarding how easy it is to have an impact, appreciate what you have and give back if you can.

    Our family’s favorite day of the month? Sack ‘Em Sunday’s.
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