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Biggby pulls through

I’m just gonna come out and say it:  I’ve got some pretty cool kats that I’m able to serve with in CMA this year.  Thanks to Will’s passion, we’ve started a homeless ministry where we barb up some dogs every other thursday for our friends that hang out by the old Brewster Douglass buildings.  We’ve been going since August, so they all know us now and are much more comfortable around us.  What used to be an hour full of “eat ‘n runs”, is now filled with people sticking around and delving into meaningful conversations.

This past Thursday was a special treat for our friends.  Long story short – Biggby in Rochester was having a free pumpkin spice latte promo, so, naturally, I swerved off the road to stop and get one on my way to school (I will NEVER say no to coffee.  This can be bad)  Then I thought how cool it’d be to get a bunch for our homeless lunch, so me and some students stopped in the B in DMC and asked.  They were not having the same promo (argh) but when we explained what we were doing the manager generously donated a 10 cup to go box of coffee – complete with a pint of half n half and sugar!

It was 45 degrees out (aka my whole body gone numb…I am cold intolerant.  I am shivering as I type because our apartment radiators aren’t in full force yet) so serving up hot coffee was incredibly appropriate and hugely appreciated.

So yeah, Thanks Biggby!  It’s so great to see people coming together to serve the broken and poor in Detroit.

And if you’re reading this, please just say a prayer for those who don’t have a place to stay tonight.  It’s mighty cold out, and unfortunately will only get worse.  I am reminded of Shane Claibourne’s book when he comments on how ironic it is that there are people sleeping on the streets while almost every suburban house has empty bedrooms.

Peace (in the middle east)


October 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment