Eight women organize ‘3000 Acts of Kindness’

Photo by Travis Lee Event organizers (l-r) Natalie Johnson Lee; Candis Johnson; Danielle Igbanugo; Holly MacFarland; Amy Cheney; Vicki Hernandez and Uche Onwualu; (organizer Julie Hoogenakker is not photographed).

On Monday morning December 13, the main ballroom in the Minneapolis Convention Center was stocked full of warm coats, brand new gloves, hats, socks, tissue, underwear, toiletries, Bibles, and food. Volunteers and various social service agencies were in attendance, eager to serve one of the Twin Cities’ most vulnerable populations: the homeless. 

This was the first 3000 Acts of Kindness event organized by eight women almost a year ago and sponsored by the Coated in Love organization, a brainchild of Danielle Igbanugo in 2011.  

The atmosphere was festive as homeless men, women, and children arrived on their own or on transportation provided by various shelters to receive not only high-quality necessities but love and compassion as well. 

The organizing group had planned for a modest event and had no idea they would be overwhelmed with donations and contributions from the evangelical and corporate communities. Attendees, or “guests” as they were referred to, were also treated to entertainment, free barber and salon treatments, and food from Chick-fil-A.

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