Open Arms of Minnesota started in 1986 in response to the AIDS epidemic. Today, they have expanded their reach, serving free, medically tailored meals to Minnesotans with cancer, ALS, MS, COPD, and other life-threatening illnesses. Open Arms is also helping those impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. They currently have more than 1,400 clients, the most in their 34 year history. I wrote a feature on Open Arms for Lavender Magazine which you can read here.
Every Thanksgiving, Open Arms offers every client and their family a Thanksgiving meal, which includes turkey, vegetables, stuffing, dinner rolls and dessert. It’s expected that these made-from-scratch meals will cost Open Arms $100,000.
You can help Open Arms ensure our neighbors have meals this Thanksgiving Day by contributing to their Turkey Drive. As an employee of Open Arms, I have a Turkey Drive page, and I would be grateful for a donation. $60 covers a meal, but every donation makes a difference.
You can also start your own Turkey Drive page. Encourage friends and family to donate and you have the chance to unlock badges, each coming with a prize.
Open Arms is in need of volunteers to help make and deliver meals year-round, but the need is even more urgent in November. You can start by attending a one-hour orientation session. Sign up on their website.