How we fed 150 people for Thanksgiving in Detroit….Crees Blog Entry

DSCN1183I realized that God equipped me with Being a Visionary I have insight on things that others just don’t see, or understand…. and ITS OKAY. As a visionary you have to be able to think quickly and able to come up with solutions. You have to always have a plan B. I have a gift to vision the whole thing in progress before it even happens while sitting in my living room months before time. In doing this, I can see all the issues that may come up, and that is how this is able to go smoothly EVERY YEAR. THANK YOU JESUS.

While I was preparing for our 5th Feeding the Homeless for Thanksgiving, my mother, and sister said to me…..* WE laughed* what do you do, because all we see you doing is writing stuff down on your notes? I laughed so hard at them, while they laughed at me… and I said yall have NO idea what it takes to pull this all together. Had this been years and years ago when they were “cracking jokes” hehehehing….. I would have been mad * only for a moment*…. but I knew that they didn’t know any better, and when they see me in action…. they’re going to “FEEL BAD FOR ME” in a sense.

The day before we went out to the streets to feed the homeless, I met my mommy over to my sister house were we sit up, snack, laugh, and talk about different things going on. We were all comfortable when my phone rang… I had to go and meet someone to collect items. When I told my family I would be right back… they were unhappy. They thought I was there to chat… but really I knew I had to meet donors in the area. When I returned…… 30 minutes after that I had to meet someone else, they wanted to know how long I was going to be… because they wanted to sit up and talk.LOL LOL *since they were hehehe about me* But see little did they know I had to do a lot of running around. So after my 3rd pick up, they were like… omgoodness we’re starting to see what you really do. They asked me do you feel like all of this driving? I said yes. I love to drive so this is nothing to me. When 5 pm came, that was my last pick up, and then it was time to take things to my other sisters house to store until the next day. With all the running around… I put in $38.00 in my tank just for those 2 days ALONE then I had to put in $45.00. YES #TRUESTORY

Wednesday morning I was up at 7 am… ready to drop nesha off at work, then to Walmart, Target to pick up some last minute things, picked up my BFF with macaroni and cheese, her daughter, then to my sisters house to get MORE macaroni and cheese she had made that morning before she went to work. We had even more things to unload before we started the process. Whew that was a lot to unload.

By this time it was after 11 am. WE had to bag all 150 dinner rolls, 150 cookies, then we had to tear off over 200 pieces of aluminum foil to cover the dinners. We had to put can pop, and water in 150 bags. WE had some much trash. LOL After we did the drinks, we had to hall them into the van because they took up a lot of space on the floor. After all the food was done, and ready to be served except for a few things that needed to be heated…..my CREW WAS HUNGRY. ME….. when I’m busy like that and I want things done… I can go all day until were done before I even get hungry. So, I had to pause for that… usually I buy extra chicken, rolls and pop for everyone who participated, but they wanted
Mc Donald’s. I didn’t want to go way across town to pick up the chicken AND make extra trips to the restaurant, so I timed it so that we can make only one trip. Whew… the faces people make when they’re hungry is funny!!!! I had my friend Gloria call several places that I had written down to get the best deals for 300 WHOLE PIECES OF CHICKEN WINGS. We found a deal $190.00 we were off to get food. Me, gloria, Charlene and Tyra. It took us over an hour to return and that set us back from being out on the streets at 4 pm. I wasn’t happy about that, but oh well, what can I do?

When we returned my friend Nicole and her 2 daughters were on their way. We knew that once we got in the house we had to get started making 150 plates and when I say it takes some time….. BELIEVE ME!!! They had chicken and dressing, potato salad, string beans with white potatoes, mac and cheese, dinner rolls, and 2 pieces of fried chicken. Pop, water, brownie, and cookies.

What I learned is that here in Detroit the weather changes from year to year.. and when its cold outside I have to make sure we are on the streets be fore dark at least 4 because they go inside of a building and stay. Last year when it was warm, they were all over the streets and it took us 7-10 minutes to pass out all the food. This year it took us longer because dark caught us, and it was cold outside. So next year I’m going to focus on quality instead of quantity. We can make the plates heavier with food, we can give more deserts out, we can also pass out more waters or pop and juice.

After it was over.. my mommy and sister said we ARE SO SORRY FOR MAKING JOKES ABOUT YOU AND YOUR NOTES… my mommy said she could NEVER IN HER LIFE DO WHAT I DO AND STILL HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE IN FROM OF EVERYBODY. They said…..we never knew it takes all of that to pull this together. They helped me all the way through and couldn’t believe all the work it takes. LOL I told them… I knew they didn’t see the big picture like I did… I know it is God who gives me the drive and motivation to put this together. It takes a sane mentality to inbox, phone, email, text people to make sure everything is going well… I am so proud of myself to truly learning how to “keep it moving” no matter what’s going on.

After we loaded my van, Nicole’s truck and my sister/hubby car… we went to the streets of downtown Detroit. We were so tired.. but for some reason I was up the next morning at 7am. Wow God… for real? LOL

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Can’t wait till next year.

Be Blessed!
Where works of the flesh exists, there is NO joy

~Nita and La’Crease~ Random Thoughts

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 Ok, there are so many things on my mind that Im going to call this blog entry LaCrease’s Random Thoughts*.

  •  Today I signed up for Habitat for Humanity at my job theyre going to update us on our project soon. Im excited about that because I love helping people.

  • Cree’s Feeding the Homeless for Thanksgiving * and taking it to the streets 2009*  is going to feed 50 people this year with the help of family and friends.

  • I hope I win Tyler Perry’s I can do bad all by myself movie Premeire for 2 in New York, Sep 8, 2009 for 2 nights.

  • Thinking about moving to Atlanta more and more everyday. Its been 16 years since I first went there and its been on my mind every since.

  • I miss my nephew he’s coming home Sep 1!

  • I lost 5 pds and picked up 1 this morning.

  • Got hooked on * Mac* make up this week by Neishia

  • Cut down on my Tweets this week because I am ADDICTED!!!

  • My Birthday is Thursday……….oh yea and Neisha’s too 🙂

  • I know that Michael Jackson was a good person, just wish I had met him

  • Raisingurls To Women are going to see Tyler Perry’s I can do bad all myself  as a group,……. opening weekend.

  • My hair is a nice long length…. I think Im addicted to my new friend name……..DRAW STRING PONY TAIL.

  • Sleepy…………Good Night

Here is  *Nita*

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Just talking :)

Hey,
I’m off again today. LOL What a good feeling. I was suppose to work 10-7 but I gave it away to someone, so now I have one more day off and I’m happy about it. Got up @ 10:00 a.m as I planned so that I can go to the movies to see G.I Joe. When I got to the movies I’m saying to myself dang, why are there so little cars in the lot? I drove up to the doors because there were notes posted everywhere, and it read NO POWER! Man, I drove all the way to MJR about a 20 minute ride. Oh well the Virgo in me didn’t stop there. I drove all the way back near my house and went to the Star Gratiot. The movie was good, plenty of action!!! Looks like a part 2, we’ll see.
My menu for this years *Cree’s Feeding the Homeless for Thanksgiving and taking it to the streets* is complete. More on that later. For those of you who don’t know. For as long as I can remember I have always had a connection to homeless people. I’ve never been homeless myself, but when I see then sleeping on the streets, asking for change, needing clothes, and wanting for food it just does something to me. I hate to see them on the streets in need. I have a very close knit family and we always come together for holidays, birthdays, and we also take trips to Disney Land, Chicago, and Atlanta together. I like to think outside of what I have and look at the need of others. It hurts me to my heart to see them in need. When Neisha was a little gurl, she would always see me giving money to the homeless, she remembers the talks we had about them, and she took it to heart . Now at 23, every time she sees a homeless person she’s always going in her purse to help them. I love her for that, and I Thank God that he placed it in my heart to give, now that seed has been planted in her.
This year Cree’s feeding the homeless this year we are feeding 50 people for Thanksgiving!!! Yes, 50 people.  We are having:
  1. Collard Greens
  2. String Beans and white potatoes
  3. Chicken Wings
  4. Dressing
  5. Macaroni and Cheese
  6. Dinner Rolls
  7. Potato Salad
There are also a lot of other things that needs to be purchased in order for this to be pulled off. Such as Section Plates, Spoons-Forks, Napkins, Plastic Baggies, 50 bottles of water, 50 personal can pops, 50 bottles of Juice, 3 carton of eggs, bacon for the string beans, celery, tomatoes, 3-4 cans of cranberry sauce, corn meal, 2 bag of potatoes, relish, mustard, miracle whip, sage, cookies, brownies, aluminum foil, cakes and Walmart Non-Plastic carrying bags.
Anyway, she will be helping me this year with Feeding the Homeless for Thanksgiving. We are even working on gift items to go with the food for winter, such as gloves, hats, and blankets. We have a lot of work to do, plus people are already asking how can they get on the list to donate for Thanksgiving. Last year I took photos and also video footage.  Come Oct-Nov I’ll brief you all. Here is a clip.
Its almost back to school and for Raisingurls next meeting we will be discussing * Going back to School*. In one of the meets we had a discussion about why students don’t like their teachers. When I asked that questions I got so many stories and responses. I worked at Neisha’s school from Preschool till 4th grade with her and I know FIRST hand what those teachers dealt with. I worked as a lunch aide. I was working in the class room with a teacher, when she went to the Principal and told her about my teaching skills. From there I was a tuitor for first grade for 2-3 years. I would go to the classes and get the students for one hour and those teachers were amazed at how much their student improved with that one on one attention I was able to give them.  But the point I’m making us those teachers has a lot on their plates. Those kids give those teachers the flux!!! Dealing with so many different personalities  aint nothing to mess with. And I’m going to show the gurls how to have the * Imma do it ANYWAY, and have the ITS OKAY attitude*. 🙂
Aint gone lie, I hated rules growing up. When my parents told me to do something, in my mind  I had to think about it, go over it, analyze, negotiate with myself. I went through many thoughts and changes before I did it. Cause if I didn’t that was my butt!! Now that I’m grown, when I’m at work and my boss tells me to shut down and do something else. I don’t think about it, I just do it. I don’t talk back, I just do it. If I have questions about it, I’ll ask. I don’t ever want to look up and realize that I’m debating with my boss over something I should be doing. And that’s the same goes for the gurls in school. JUST DO IT! I’m going to first teach them to be LEADERS. A Leader  to me is a person who stands for righteousness, and will not be intimidated by anyone. A person who is friendly and approachable, and will speak to any and everyone, but doesnt feel the pressure to be in EVERYBODY’S CIRCLE. Being a Leader you’re not always the popular one. A Leader is a person who makes decisions based on whats right and not who will be mad at them in the end. A Leader must not concern themselves with that worry. A POSITIVE Leader  can walk into the room, grab the attention of everyone, and GET THEM TO DO ANYTHING THATS POSITIVE. This is what these kids need to know. At a young age they can get into a group and if the Leader of the group isn’t positive they could get into a lot of trouble. When I’m teach them to be Leaders they’re going to go into the school year * signing up people* to be positive. They wont be following the troubled kids. So for the next week or so Imma have to BOSS UP my game and get this assignment on point. I already have it visioned in my head. 🙂
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