Good News & Updates from Good in the 'Hood
View this email in your browser
The Good Newsletter November 2022
Holiday Help Program

Dear Friends,  

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. We’re excited to once again be able to help up to 750 families with children in need through our Holiday Help Adopt-A-Family program!
Each year we receive hundreds of requests from those in need of assistance during the December holidays.  Our goal is to bring much needed relief for our neighbors in need by offering groceries, gift cards, or gifts using a “Shopping with Dignity” approach.  This approach enables the moms and dads to purchase and select gifts that best fit the needs and interests of their children.  It also enables them to maintain their personal dignity and to be the “holiday heroes” in the eyes of their beloved family. 
To meet this important need, we are looking for your help as part of a collective of hundreds of generous sponsors who will show strong support to raise the necessary resources for this compassionate program.  Your generous partnership enables us to bring valuable help and much-needed hope to families, such as Bella’s, who sent us the following note (names have been changed). 

"Hi, my name is Bella. I am a single mother of 3. My oldest is Brian he is 13.  My middle child is Miranda she is 11 and my youngest is Heidi she is 5. I recently moved back to the area after leaving for almost 3 years due to several traumatic events in our lives. I am currently struggling financially, and I am on county assistance. It is difficult for me to share this information, but I want you to know how important it is for us to receive help for Christmas. We moved away because my youngest Heidi was being abused. It shook our family to the core and struck a fear and pain in me I've never known. We are stronger today and I no longer want fear to control our lives. My middle daughter Miranda is autistic, she was diagnosed with abnormal chromosomal disorder when she was only 2. Then at 7 years old she was diagnosed with autism. Every day is a struggle, but it is also a wonder and blessing to share life with my precious angels. I have learned to appreciate the moments of “normal” in this life of chaos. Any help at all this Christmas would be amazing. Thank you."
While many seasonal programs only focus on the younger children, ages 0-12, we believe in providing Holiday Help for the entire family.  Sadly, the teenagers are often overlooked or given a lesser priority because it’s simply too expensive and difficult for donors to find a gift that will be meaningful for an adolescent child.  To help make this easier for everyone, we’re recommending that our kind supporters donate two gift cards per child, valued at $25 each ($50 total), AND to add a $25 grocery gift card for each of our registered families so they can enjoy a delicious holiday meal together.  

You are welcome to use your own sources to purchase gift cards; however, for your convenience, we recommend purchasing from our preferred partner RaiseRight using the link and highlighted ENROLLMENT CODE below.
Enrollment Code:     LEAAAED286441 
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS for purchasing gift cards through RaiseRight are available by going to the following link: RaiseRight Instructions

Finally, for those who care for and want to help us remember our unsheltered friends we’re asking for your help in collecting 1,000 pair of new wool socks as we work together to provide a Holiday for those who are experiencing homelessness
Gift cards and wool socks can be dropped off, mailed, or shipped to our offices at:
Good in the ‘Hood C/O WayCross Church
7733 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55444
For after hour or weekend deliveries or when we are out of the office, please place the packages and gift cards in our secure drop-box outside the main doors of the church and office facility. 
The following videos help to offer a brief explanation of our some of our work and services:

Holiday Help Adopt-A-Family
KARE 11 Communities That KARE-Good in the ‘Hood
We invite you to reach out to Jamie Morrison, Director of Operations/Human Resources, with any questions at or 612-217-4003. 
Thank you so much for your support and have a MERRY MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY!

Reverend Shawn Morrison
Founder & Executive Director

Partner Spotlight - Emma's Place at Emma Norton

Shoe Away Hunger gives a BOOT to hunger!
Our Shoe Away Hunger program was pleased to support the kids and families associated with "Emma's Place" a program of Emma Norton.  We provided everyone with shoes and boots for the winter.  It seems we did this just in the nick of time as we received our first snowfall for the season on the day of the event. 

A special thank you to our generous partners who help us by donating gently-used and new footwear including our preferred partner Schuler Shoes.  Together we are better!

Get Ready for Day Give to the Max
November 17th, 2022!

Each month, we are serving approximately 7,500 people at over 30+ food partner sites across the metros area, and we are continuing to be stretched to meet the ever-increasing needs of the hungry, hurting, and often unsheltered people in our local communities. Nearly 100% of those we serve are low-income households. This includes children, seniors, families, students, immigrants/refugees, individuals experiencing homelessness, and those with disabilities.

On Thursday, November 17th we will participate in our annual Give to The Max Day online fundraising event. With your donation of any size made before and/or by midnight that day, we can respond to the specific needs of our neighbors and ensure they have access to the food and basic resources they need to live happy and healthy lives.

And don’t forget to remember us or your favorite charity on the November 29th Giving Tuesday initiative! Please visit our website to give.  
Thank you for your support!

THANK YOU to our generous funders, donors, supporters, & partners!

We simply could not serve the hungry and hurting in our communities without the generous support of our gracious funders, donors, supporters, and partners.

Recent grants awarded from:
  • St. Paul Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
  • Carlson Family Foundation
  • Second Harvest Child Hunger
  • The Tourville Family Foundation
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Hunger Solutions
  • North Memorial Health Foundation
Thanks, so much for your kind support as we work together to influence, inspire, and impact individuals, families, and entire communities for good! We are truly grateful.

How You Can Help

At Good in the ‘Hood, we believe in doing with people rather than merely doing for them.  We invite you to partner with us in one or more of the following ways:
  • Sponsor a family in our Adopt-A-Family Holiday Help Campaign.
  • Join Our Team as an on-call, part time, or full-time staff member. For more information please contact Jamie Morrison, Director of Operations and Human Resources at
  • Volunteer in one of our many programs and services.
  • Host a shoe drive for our Shoe Away Hunger program and/or sponsor the cost of a shoe bus event for only $250.
  • Donate funds securely online or by check.

Please visit our website for more information. Thanks, so much for your kind support as we work together to influence, inspire, and impact individuals, families, and entire communities for good!

Contact Information:
Good in the ‘Hood 
7733 West River Road

Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
  612.440.7463 (SHOE)

Donate Now
Copyright © Good in the Hood, All rights reserved.

Good in the 'Hood 
7733 West River Road
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444

612.440.7463 (SHOE)    

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.