Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Soul Ride - Helping Those In Need One Bag at a Time

It's that time of year where everyone is feeling a little more giving, but with the weather getting colder and the holidays right around the corner, the need is even greater. Two companies, One Soul Graphics and Sweet Bikes, have come together to put on an event called Soul Ride. This is a unique way to help out those in our community, and it won't cost you much money or a ton of time. Plus it sounds like a lot of fun.

Here's the plan for Soul Ride; a group of people will be meeting up this Saturday, November 23rd to pack some brown bag lunches at Town Pump Tavern. They will then ride their bikes and drive their cars around the city of Detroit to distribute these lunches to a few predetermined locations and pretty much anyone they come across that could use a meal. It's a simple idea, but it will mean a lot to a lot of people.

If you would like to help, there are a few ways to do so. First, you can volunteer. Between 9 am and 11 am on Saturday everyone is meeting up at Town Pump to make the lunches. If you can bring a bunch of brown bag lunches already assembled with you to the bar, that's even better! Then, the volunteers will head out to deliver the meals. Afterwards everyone will reconvene at Town Pump to celebrate everything they are thankful for. Another way you can help is by donating food. You can drop off any non-perishable, bagged lunch type items, such as fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars, etc. to Sweet Bikes located at 39946 Ford Rd in Canton (48187). They will be accepting donations there during regular business hours until 6 p.m. on Friday. If you can't make it out to Canton by then to donate, you can also just drop off food to the group on Saturday morning before they head out to make deliveries. The last way you can help is probably the easiest one, donate through Patronicity here. This website is very similar to Kickstarter and other fundraising sites out there. Their goal is $1,000 and you can donate as little as $1 towards the cause if you would like. Donations can be made through Thursday, November 21st. There are also a lot more details on this event on the Patronicity page, so make sure you check it out.

We applaud Sweet Bikes, One Soul Graphics, and everyone involved for organizing this and making an effort to help out those in need in our community. I'm sure they will fill many people's stomachs on Saturday and in turn make their day. Remember, whether you help with this group or start a movement of your own, you don't have to make huge strides or donate a ton of time and money to help people out. Whether you help out a hundred people or just one person, the important thing is that you helped.



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