Step into Minneapolis resident Allan Law”s home and you might be surprised to find his living room lined with freezers. It”s a cramped set-up, but Law wouldn”t have it any other way. The food-filled freezers are integral for his life”s work.
Is he stockpiling food for the apocalypse? Is he some kind of vintage food collector?
“I”ll be on the streets every night for the rest of my life,” Law says. A retired teacher, he”s been doing this for some 16 years, traversing the city and handing out clothing, blankets, food, and bus tokens to Minneapolis” homeless population. Since there doesn”t appear to be an end in sight for the issue of homelessness, there”s no end to Law”s work, either. He”s created the Minneapolis Recreation Development organization, whose mission is simple: “Love One Another.”
Law uses his brother”s apartment, which is right down the hall, as storage for blankets, socks, clothing, and other non-food items that he distributes. Of course, he only does this when his brother is away.
Sandwiches and care packages are assembled by volunteering schools, religious organizations, and businesses.
Law has gained quite a bit of recognition for his dedication to serving the city”s less fortunate. He”s managed to enlist hundreds of volunteers to make sandwiches and care packages. Last year, these volunteers churned out some 700,000 sandwiches, all of which were distributed.
Law hands out supplies and food to homeless people throughout the city.
During the night, Law drives a van to various shelters and hangouts where homeless people gather. He”s out every night, never taking holidays or weekends.
This video shows an average night in Law”s life.
When asked why he dedicates so much of his time, energy, and money to what seems like a never-ending problem, Law”s answer is simple: “Because somebody has to care.”
If you”re in the Minneapolis area and would like to volunteer, you can sign up on Law”s website. If you”re not local but would still like to help, you can donate online.