LIVE from Element by Westin in Bloomington, MN it's Gratitude:UnFiltered!
On this broadcast, Mary Canada joins us to discuss her Non-Profit, Caring Hearts... Mary Canada lives in Farmington, MN, and works full-time in Minneapolis. She is the founder/Executive Director of Caring Hearts. Caring Hearts was started from her garage almost 3 years ago.
She saw a need for basic items out in the community because she saw many homeless people on her commute and wanted to make a difference. They officially got their 501c3 in 2018. Now, they have a strong board of directors and a FREE Community Closet & Pantry on 4th St. in downtown Farmington.
Anyone in MN is free to shop there, no questions asked. Everyone is treated with kindness & respect. They have a fully stocked pantry, clothing, shoes & household items. Each shopper receives personal hygiene products. They need your support in helping them get to the next level of growth.
This would be capital to purchase or lease a larger space to allow us to serve a greater number of people. Recently when the COVID pandemic hit, Caring Hearts was able to help feed the community with over 40,000 pounds of food, personal care items & TP!
Joshua T Berglan (-):
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Joshua T Berglan (1m 41s):
Oops. Well, I've already messed it up now. It's, this is what happens when you let me push all the buttons. I wanted to play my jam though. I liked my song here. No, I'm not going to dance anyway. What's up everybody? This is Gratitude UnFiltered and we are alive from the Element by Westin hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.
We are so blessed to be here. Uh, well what's up everyone? We are alive on the television network broadcast when Apple TV, Roku, Facebook, YouTube. I think the intro already said that. So why am I doing it again? I mean, it sounds good. Ladies and gentlemen, this is my lovely cohost of the evening, Jessica Toft. Uh, we're really excited about being here. It's a, yeah, it's been a beautiful day and I hope you guys have had a great day and we're really, really excited about our guests. It's actually a friend of Jessica's who you've done a lot of work.
Jessica Toft (2m 44s):
I interviewed her, I interviewed her, um, and I work with her on different marketing and stuff and I mean, I do anything I can involve in her cause she's so amazing.
Joshua T Berglan (2m 58s):
Oh, so this is so your friend, she's interviewed her. She definitely, uh, but to me, yes. Mary is actually saw a video, a YouTube video of her driving around Minnesota. I guess there was like snow or something. It was, it was obvious that it was freezing cold and freezing cold. To me, being from Oklahoma, it's like the coldest I've ever been is like 10 degrees. Maybe that's, that's a stretch at 10 degrees. I think cold in Minnesota is like negative 40. And I saw this video of Mary driving around us coats.
It must be okay. And it just touched me. Truly inspired and the orange, no worries. It started with the norm. I have to ask her about. Okay. Well before I babble and run the entire broadcast. Um, you guys are in Frederick, the gentlemen. Minnesota's it. Got it. Is that Mary hi, welcome to Gratitude. Unfiltered thank you for having us.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (3m 54s):
Oh, happy to be here.
Joshua T Berglan (3m 56s):
Well, so first things first. What are you grateful for today?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (3m 60s):
Um, you didn't give me much time to prepare. That is it? Okay.
Joshua T Berglan (4m 3s):
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (4m 5s):
To be able to chair ha easy, it is to help people and to have this platform and to be able to just help and feed and spread love. I'm grateful for that opportunity.
Joshua T Berglan (4m 21s):
It is the Gratitude car got it. The best to answer it and about to die. T and usually when we ask what people are grateful for, they, they, I, I warned you not to say the sunshine because I was going to pick on you, but it's, it's interesting when you ask that question how it paralyzes somebody. Like I just think that people express what they're grateful for all the time. And that's not really the case, but your answer was absolutely perfect. So first things first, why don't you talk about Caring Hearts and what you guys do with your nonprofit?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (4m 54s):
We are volunteer run completely privately funded by the community and people wanting to give. It's anywhere from $5 and we just recently got a really, really nice $5,000 donation from one family. Wow. Um, but it's everyone coming together either through volunteering or donating money or time or, um, objects. Um, but it's, it's just helping the community and loving each other and being kind.
Joshua T Berglan (5m 25s):
What would you say, like what inspired you to get into the nonprofit space?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (5m 31s):
Honestly, three years ago this was not, I didn't even have this on my radar three years ago. Um, what inspired me was driving to work on my commute. I started noticing all of these tent cities popping up in Minneapolis in the 10th city. Um, I don't know if you heard anything about it, but it was literally a city. There were 200 tents. It started at one and it grew up to 200 and it was right off the freeway on Hiawatha. So you could see it just driving on your regular commute.
And so I started noticing that and realizing how bad this has gotten. Cause you, you heard about them but you didn't see them on every corner. Right. So that, that kind of, I started talking to God and saying, what can I do? What, what can I do? How can I help this situation? I'm just one person. So when I said that the God, I heard him tell me, buckle your seatbelt. Literally because the led the next three years have been literally like beyond my wildest dreams.
It started with, you know, me driving around in my car, just coming up with some random things for my house. And then, you know, you do more research and you start seeing what other people are doing and that's what kind of brought up the bags. So there's lots of people doing the bags. Um, and I got lots of support from like family and friends and coworkers and they started giving me money and stuff. And then I got another message that said, start a Facebook group, start recording what you're doing. And so I started recording it and send it and I was recording those.
I did over 200 of the bags. So it wasn't just that one. And the point of the recording of the bags was to record the reaction, not the person. It was not about the act. It wasn't about me. Canada you're handing out begs, it was about how that person got it active. So the orange was the first thing I ever gave out. Got it. That's what I had it in my car. Um, so I, I saw how the guy here getting in there, he said, I have an orange. I'm going to give this guy in orange.
I handed him the orange, he ripped the orange open while I was sitting at this light, ate the entire thing. He praised me, he thanked God for me. He like over an orange that I had in my, yeah, ready to eat. No. And so at that moment is what changed it. That moment is what made me go, I can do something Canada the principal, it just for that one person. So that kind of triggered everything else. And then, um, once I started the Facebook group and I was getting tons and tons of people coming and saying, how can I help?
How can I help? So then I started Raj, my grandpa became Caring Hearts in a sense, the whole third stall became, um, clothing and bins. And we had volunteers here snorting the bins and it got so big that my husband's marrow is in the, in the driveway. And so he was like, this is not working cause winter time and you know, Camaro's and the driveway, not cool. So then I kind of started talking to people and we formed a, we formed a board and we got a donation for space and it just kind of like everything has happened exactly when it needed to.
Um, we got a $5,000 grant and that allowed us to then sign the lease of the place we're at now. So we've been there two years. So it was, it moved out of my garage and to the basement and out of the basement into this space that you see now. And that space has evolved multiple times from into what it is today. It just got bigger, right? No, you don't need to add onto it when you add up. So you still need a big space.
Yes, we, we work fine and the space we're in, but there are things that could make it a way better space, you know? Um, but we make do because it's a nonprofit focusing on her money, right. And helping the community. So I'm ready to move whenever the timing is right. And it, every single time we've made a move, the timing wasn't right. So what was the, what was the first time
Joshua T Berglan (9m 46s):
that S God
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (9m 48s):
and I do it? Was it that,
Joshua T Berglan (9m 52s):
no, I'm asking you, had you ever asked that question before?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (9m 57s):
No. No. Caring the people, I thought, Oh, those poor homes. Well, you know, and there is nothing I can do to help them. And I just went along with my day. I might like buy him some fries or something, but I never thought beyond that. I always have that so beyond me. I can't help with that. But yeah, once I asked God, then he started showing me things and saying, well, this is what you could do. This is what you could do, and then it would work and then I would just go on to the next thing. So now I'm at the point where I just wait for that message and go, okay, that's the next thing
Joshua T Berglan (10m 30s):
I would like to hear from the audience. Those of you who are available for chat, I would like to hear, have you guys ever asked that question? God, what can I do? I think I talked about this last week on one of the broadcast about asking that question. I swear to you, if you want to find out how you can serve or how you can show up in the world, or maybe you're kind of lost on your purpose, ask God that question. It's amazing what he'll show. So I have you ever, have you asked that question again? Mary
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (11m 0s):
yes. Ever since then I ask it all the time. What do you want me to do? What? What's the right answer here? You know, and it always leads back to do the right thing, to do the thing that shows the most love. Um, but yeah, it's, I ask it a lot and I listened for the response and it's always the one that is the easiest and makes the most sense.
Joshua T Berglan (11m 25s):
So when you were young, were your parents, did, were your parents an influence on your life? Uh, you know, for you being like having a giving heart?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (11m 35s):
My mom, she brought me actually down to the doors date Dorothy Day center when I was little and brought me to the, we're there and we brought clothing and stuff and she actually told me when we were in it, sure. And our one of them and they have the free store. Okay. Where was that? Who was it? The little, yeah. And then yeah, it also brought us, okay. Dress up like Santa and all that. It feels brought handmade cards to the hospital. And so she would to me and show me stuff like that. And we didn't have to either three, the abs and my dad left when we were young and you know She she ended up getting married and stuff but She for the bulk of my childhood had three jobs and worked like crazy just to keep food on the table.
So I know what it's like to not have the new clothes and to not have the, the computers or the gaming systems or food. Like we didn't struggle. We always had food on the table but it wasn't, you know all the high quality tons of food in the fridge like all the time. It was limited budget. Oh,
Joshua T Berglan (12m 43s):
got it. Is like your work are you or you in the non profit space full time, is this your full time job or do you have a career also while running this nonprofit,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (12m 54s):
I worked full time at the time to go to medical association in Minneapolis. There is an association that advocates for doctors, so they're very big right now in the Covidien space. We're trying to help do what we can to help support the medical field. So that's my 40 hour a week full time job. And I absolutely love it. I've been in there today actually is my eight years there. I mean I get to talk to people at the Capitol w we're on the fourth, the front of a lot of the healthcare stuff is happening.
So I get to see it from both sides. Um, and then the character Hearts is a side job. It's a labor of love. At the beginning was a lot more work and everything going in. I started getting our fiber C3, finding a space, figuring out how we were gonna lose it, set up the store, all of that to be a lot more work. Now it's kind of been separated out to where Fran, the store manager, she does a lot of that heavy lifting and I'm more doing the behind the scenes stuff so it's still running full speed, but I'm not having to do as much.
So having these volunteers and the board members that are actively involved has like, um, multiplied me. Well, I think that's because you're such an inspiration to people because it's so like genuine and people want to follow and help and be like, wearing hard to attract those people that want to help. And so I'm being rounded now with all these people that just want to help however they can. Like you Jessica, that's how I met you. So I know I love it.
Joshua T Berglan (14m 32s):
Uh, Sharon says we need to be ready to act on God's response because sometimes it's bigger. Thank you. Then you can imagine my answer humbles me daily. I love that give back. That's what I've been instructed to do. My higher power keeps me going. Fighting daily. Absolutely. Amy. So what would you say the biggest challenge that you guys are facing? Right. Um, as the nonprofit, not your full time job, but the nonprofit?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (14m 57s):
Um, I don't see it as a challenge because it's always come when it's needed to, but you know, just having the money, I mean, the money to do the things we want to do. I would love to have programming and grant opportunities and all kinds of things where we could actually get in and help a family get off the street or you know, like actually make a difference for individual people. We're giving them basic essentials right now. We give um, food, clothing, toiletries, personal care items, shoes, all of that kind of stuff.
But I want to do so much more than that. I want to be like community center. What do you think
Joshua T Berglan (15m 34s):
the homeless epidemic, no matter where you go? I mean, I've, I've lived in LA for several years and even San Diego and the homeless populations, there are, I don't have a vocabulary to get the word to describe it is an epidemic times 10 and you see homeless children and, and like, um, and of course the weather is nice. They're here in Minnesota. It were, gets so freezing, like it's dangerous to be outside. What do you think if like if someone is to write you a check for a billion dollars, right?
A billion dollars to Caring Hearts would you do with that money too? W w whether it was solve or put a massive dent in the homeless crisis,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (16m 17s):
housing, food resources, uh, resources to help people rebuild. Um, and Oh, there is the people. You've got the mom who has no idea how to go out and get a good job. The quarters out the handyman of some shoes isn't going to help that. So I want to be like a one stop shop where people can come to us for help and we actually can give them resources. It helped them so they don't have to come back to us again. Is this, this isn't to pacified people, this is to help them get to that next level of being self sufficient and being able to take care of themselves and then to be able to give back because nobody wants to be in that position.
Joshua T Berglan (16m 58s):
I agree with you. I, I mean there's, now, correct me if I'm wrong, but there's three levels. There's three types of homeless. There's the homeless that fell on hard times. They've lost everything and they're fighting get a chance. I mean there's, are, there is some of them even go to work. They sleep in their car and they go to work. Then you have the mentally ill, um, that unfortunately have maybe with some of the mental hospitals shutting down, they've been put out, uh, on the streets now.
And then the other pocket part of that population would be they're just kinda, they wreck their lives in a really are kinda making the choices that led them to be in homeless and they don't care anymore. Which is that, uh, is that accurate or would you, do you have something to say to that?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (17m 46s):
There's one more. There's a group of people too that actually like being homeless and they don't want to deal with the government or anybody given handouts. And so they choose to be homeless. Um, so I've had people tell me, why are you helping them? They don't want help. So I think, um, there's a lot of reasons for homelessness. And you're right, there's kids out there. Um, I know that the opioid epidemic has it made it any easier. Neither has the housing shortage. You know, you can't, even if you have a housing voucher, you can't find housing that will let you move in.
So you know, or maybe you don't have the down pay the deposit or you don't have, you don't make enough money per month or there's, there's so many barriers for this. So I mean the, the, the people who are homeless literally had nobody to help them. They didn't have family to talk to or you know, or maybe they burned all of their bridges already or just there's nobody left. You know.
Joshua T Berglan (18m 44s):
Yeah. It's, I used to joke around, but I almost think that this is actually possible. But you know, some of them have some pretty good, you know, they have some hustle to them. And I was like, why, why don't these network marketing companies blend? And that could be something like I, I've some outside of the box idea,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (19m 6s):
the people that, some of them even have degrees, some of them have, you know, like huge stories that tell you, some of them are veterans. I mean it's, it's really sad because they have lives, they have things that they've worked for. And so for some reason or another that was taken away. So I guess I look at everyone is, you know, we're just all in a different part of our path.
Joshua T Berglan (19m 29s):
So when I've, I've gone in and I've been able to speak at different organizations, um, homeless organizations like in downtown LA where they have little programs set up set up for kids and teenagers. And it was a really, I mean it was one of the most humbling experiences that I've, I've ever experienced. But the thing that I was, that was more the most alarming as in those facilities, there was a lot of rape, there was a lot of abuse, there's a lot of drug use.
How do you, how do you control that? How do I control of it? I'm not even true, but like how does, I mean like if we're going to provide housing for the homeless population, you're, you're carrying a lot of issues, sometimes a mental health or drug or all the above of these issues inside of those facilities where again, there's women, men, children being raped, being abused. How do you stop that?
Jessica Toft (20m 27s):
I feel like you need the resources cause you'll need like the therapist, the security, the like you need all the other parts in place.
Joshua T Berglan (20m 36s):
Do you have anything to add to? It is a lot of money
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (20m 39s):
and there needs to be more, um, just a better way to do shelters where people aren't all together gathered. I mean at culvert right now, all these, you can't be in a shelter because you're going to get sick from Kobe because it was right on top of each other. People need their own space. And so that's what I'm saying. Like if I were, if we were to be able to do my dream, I would have a community center that had short term and long term housing and there'd be family areas and there would be, you know, it would be separated out with those things in mind.
Jessica Toft (21m 10s):
I believe in Northfield has a community center that's like that. Cause I brought the girls to the, the food shelf out there and walk in and it's kind of like an assisted living home set up in, there's the doors that look like people would probably live there. I'm pretty sure they have a small unit like that. Right. Do you know about that? Mary okay.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (21m 34s):
I haven't been there, but I just, there's, there's gotta be ways to keep people safe and healthy. You know, there's gotta be, so that would be a whole nother adventure cause right now we're just doing this free store. But in my mind that's where the lack is right now is a safe, affordable place for people to go and live and be able to have a normal job and live a life and be able to provide for themselves. What do you think,
Jessica Toft (22m 1s):
what about all these buildings with all that? All these businesses I used to be in at that are all going out of business MN all America.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (22m 11s):
What kinds of stuff you see at stuff all the time. People have taken vans and you know, fix them up or you do mini houses and give them to people and there's so many ideas out there.
Joshua T Berglan (22m 24s):
Who did the mini, the mini houses? Was it Oregon? There was a state that was doing many houses for people and I think it went over pretty well.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (22m 31s):
Yeah. There's so many cool things you can do it. You just need to support from people. And there's so many people that want to help. They just don't know how. So I think that's been the most fun thing of doing Caring Hearts is the people getting involved. So we've given out the homeless bags, people will come to us and we'll give them the bags and they'll go hand them out on their own in a whole another spot that I've never been. So we're being home to reach people that we know of for reading it. Got it. Hmm. So
Joshua T Berglan (23m 1s):
social media, amazing. It is. It can be an app to be amazing.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (23m 5s):
Jessica Toft (23m 6s):
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (23m 6s):
We wouldn't exist without it. And that's the only thing I used to actually. Yeah.
Joshua T Berglan (23m 12s):
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (23m 13s):
Joshua T Berglan (23m 14s):
Well not me personally, but I mean, so it, it allowed me to make my dreams come true and then everything that is, and the process and we are in the process of building is really going through online and without online. I don't think it would ever happen.
Jessica Toft (23m 27s):
Right. It says, I mean you have all these free platforms, so it really puts that proof into it. You would have it in you to do something set out to do something that you can without anything else.
Joshua T Berglan (23m 41s):
Well, in one of the points that you were talking about before we started filming, um, was you want to show people
Joshua T Berglan (23m 46s):
that it's really not that hard. If you want to serve, you can serve in, in the same thing too. Like what the internet has allowed us to do things that were not possible before. And it is
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (23m 58s):
elaborate like this. Just to be able to talk about this and share our experiences is so cool. So go ahead. I would have never been, you would've never caught me talking about God on social media in front of thousands of people three years ago. Now I feel like this strange so much since I asked God to come in and help me do this, that I am a different person. I'm reading the Bible now. I'm like, my thoughts are different. My decisions are different.
Like I am a completely different person. I'm a new person in every single day when I get to wake up and see what's new for Caring Hearts I'm getting texts right now from France telling me about all the meats she just picked up. That was dope. Is it like every single day she's checking the mail now and there's checks in the mail. Last year we weren't getting any checks and I was like, Oh, how are we going to pay the bills? And now the every day there's checks in the mail. So it is so cool to see it and watch it. And it used to be scary and stuff. And then when I finally just let go and said, okay, obviously God wants this to happen and it's, if I stopped doing it, someone else will pick it up.
So now, and I've got that mentality, I know it's going to be fine,
Joshua T Berglan (25m 12s):
and God loves it. When you read his instruction manual, AK the Bible, he really, really loves it.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (25m 18s):
And the more, the more I read it and apply it to what's happening in my life, the more I understand it. You know, I'm, I actually started reading the Bible back in October and I'm almost done. I'm On, um, the very end of it and I'm almost to the revelations. I'm really excited. I just read Titus, like there's, I'm in Hebrews, Hebrews right now, so I'm rolling on. I believe it was, but I couldn't go back and tell you every single day the thing that happened. But what I'm going to do now is then go back and study different sections, but I just want it to be able to and read it okay.
And knew what was in it. Um, and that's been really, I'm like excited to sit down and do that right now, you know, and each day I'm excited to read what else. And every day there's a lesson for me.
Joshua T Berglan (26m 1s):
So I, first of all, I love that. I love that you're sharing this, but can you describe how the Bible comes alive for you?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (26m 10s):
I can apply it exactly to the things I'm thinking about exactly. And you know, even if you're just looking at like the principles of how God wants you to live, if that's all you take from it, you're going to be a better person. Period.
Joshua T Berglan (26m 27s):
That's true. Well, the principles work for everybody. Non believers and nonbelievers alike. The principles are very powerful. Um, and you and you in serving and having a serving heart that's applying a massive, massive principle. I'm going to ask you, a lot of people
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (26m 44s):
say which if anyone that's using this excuse right now, I'll, I'll be shocked. But before the world got turned on its head, people would say, I don't have time to serve. Hello. Okay. It would of all drum busy. I want you to talk about that. The 14th the job I run a nonprofit. Yeah. Is there something you like? You have to do something that fits into your schedule and that is something that you actually want to do if you go and try to volunteer somewhere that you don't really have an interest in.
It's not really a passion. It's going to fizzle out. But so like for, for me it's exciting and fun. Everything is to know, to venture, to have to be part of Caring. Hearts um, one of the other things that kind of started me in doing Caring Hearts was I signed up to become a volunteer cause I wanted to do something right. That was my first kind of like what can I do? There was not one volunteer opportunity that made sense for me. A full time job. Okay. Got it. It was all during the day.
Yeah. It was awful. The weekends, the only time I couldn't come in to that and want to commitments, they wanted once a week at this. I couldn't do that, you know. So what we do with Caring Hearts is it anyone can vote you want to anytime Robin, in any event, we don't require sign ups. We don't require anyone to to do anything other than come and volunteer. And they can come as long as they can come and leave when they need to leave. And that has proven to be really great because we're getting volunteers of all ages now coming from the high school.
We get preschoolers come in and volunteer for their community day. So it's, it's wonderful and that, that's been the biggest thing for me is finding the thing that drives you. It makes you excited to go volunteer. If it's the animals, go work for the animals, you know it's homeless, go, go work with one of the zillions of the groups out there delivering stuff to the homeless. There's tons of them out there and find them. You don't even need a nonprofit to go feed the homeless.
We do the exercise at this leadership Academy. I was a part of when I live in San Diego where we prepared, we had a set amount of time to do this, but we prepared a bunch of food and just took it out is a group of friends and people and fed. We fed like 190 people and two hours, you know, and we did that like three or four times. Okay. It was it before we have the store is that huge groups. Okay. And it would go and do that. We do pop ups, we call them up with food and clothing and we'd have rolling suitcases and people would come up and just do the line and they'd sit there and eat.
He did that several times. I think the pick that was so fulfilling to do that. I think that part of the day. So Caring Hearts Mary you were just talking about
Jessica Toft (29m 42s):
all the people that come volunteer whenever, and I've gotten to a lot of the events and I don't even live in Farmington but I just, I worked their first of all long so I ha I know a lot of the community and so I feel like I'm a part of it still in its so welcoming. So you leave the door kind of open and people don't have to sign up or anything and then they just, they feel welcome to come and go as they please. There's no obligation and everyone like grows closer as a community because of it because they get to do these things that that just feels good and it's just insane.
Like what you've started with the community is,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (30m 24s):
well that's really blown up in the last like year it things the way they are now. If they stay just like this, I'd be happy. Oh yeah. Wonderful. Except for being open. I would love to be open again. That'd be great. Yeah.
Joshua T Berglan (30m 39s):
Yeah. Uh, and there's a lot of people would love to go back to it.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (30m 42s):
Yeah. But I mean just as far as the support we're getting the communities or they're, you know, there's so many people surrounding us right now that and help us with this mission. Even as much as the two board members I just added. I mean they, they alone bring lots of things that we didn't have before we added them. So it's just each, each person that comes in to help just grow this that much more.
Joshua T Berglan (31m 7s):
What would you say, and I know this is an, it may seem like an obvious question, but it's really not intended to be besides housing, what would you say the biggest need for the homeless is right now? That's besides, besides the obvious, besides food, besides shelter, what is another need that may not be so obvious that the homeless,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (31m 31s):
well, the care that their on the street people to actually like hold them up the street and give them somewhere to go and then it goes back to housing. Yeah. Like how has this even acceptable to any of us? How is it acceptable to the government? How is it acceptable to the mayor? Like to anybody? How was that acceptable that there's anybody living under the bridge? All that. The mayor, mayor.
But you know what I mean, like I, we single-handedly, when this covert stuff happened Caring Hearts and a huge group of community members, uh, Joshua Hoyt, the mayor, a lot of them to be on the show soon, by the way. Awesome. No, he's not the mayor yet, but that's, maybe that's why I'll do something about it. I guarantee that'll be out there doing it himself.
If you have to know. It made me lose my train of thought. I'm sorry. We got further end in one email we said what can we do about this situation for Colvin? And in that one email we came together and got over 20,000 pounds of food to 500 families. That was the first one we did. Now we're doing our fourth one of those on Thursday, four times each time we've paid $2,000 $2,300 this isn't free.
Caring Hearts is paying for it, but it's coming out of money that's being donated by us being able to be this conduit of having to be able to order the food and to get it to people. That opened up this huge world for us because we were more in like clothing and then when we call it happened. We had just gotten this pantry it, we just had expanded it. Tell me that's not God.
Jessica Toft (33m 29s):
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (33m 30s):
And now we have, now we have access to like second harvest Heartland food and just T FAP, which is like free food beyond belief. So you know, God multiplied it and now we have this, now we have this food Avenue and I want it to expand the food, but wow, did we expand the food and that's now what we're being known for. We were open when the food shelf had to close. We didn't go dark. Other people went dark and we didn't know the food shop opened up pretty quickly right after that. But they had to close because the government told them they had to, cause they were in a school building so they had to close.
So we were there and we were able to provide the community with food. We're not government funded, we have nothing to do with any, anybody other than the community. And we help the community. I thought that was pretty dang sweet.
Jessica Toft (34m 21s):
That was really amazing. We're gonna so I'm going to bring Joshua um, on Thursday we'll pick up some food to deliver to people and will do a live video to help promote,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (34m 34s):
I'll be working my regular job. So I, I'm not at the time.
Jessica Toft (34m 37s):
Yep. Yep. But do you want to tell them
Joshua T Berglan (34m 40s):
the guy who do you want to tell, tell everybody the audience that in case of anyone's local or near the water, it's not Minneapolis. No,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (34m 47s):
no. It's a four Oh one four zero one Oak street in Farmington. Okay. The drive through. So you would just pull up and there'll be stations. So camps usually donates a semi truck full of milk and there'll be like stations. So you'll pull through and there'll be stations in anyone's welcome and you want to ask you any questions. You pop your trunk and we put some bags in your trunk and you drive away very easy.
Joshua T Berglan (35m 13s):
It's a good thing. Marijuana is not legal in the state. You would be in trouble.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (35m 16s):
Joshua T Berglan (35m 20s):
Cause you get munchies and get hungry and free food.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (35m 23s):
Well we're hoping that people that needed are coming but not just the monkey people.
Jessica Toft (35m 29s):
Well we could go down roads.
Joshua T Berglan (35m 34s):
That'd be fine to me. And to just
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (35m 36s):
my jokes lately.
Joshua T Berglan (35m 38s):
No bad. I mean just not funny. I thought it was funny. You're not this anyway. Um,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (35m 45s):
the point is that you don't need to worry about coming. No one's going to grill you or ask you if you need it. You just show up and we'll graciously give you food if you know somebody send them down.
Joshua T Berglan (36m 0s):
Perfect. So in farm. So Farmington Minnesota on Thursday. What are the times it's going out or you're doing this?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (36m 6s):
It starts at two and it's going till seven but the food goes really fast. So get there early. Yeah, you can line up early.
Jessica Toft (36m 15s):
Oh cause I went at, so is that faith church still right? Nope. No,
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (36m 22s):
Nope. This is four zero one Oak street. Alas, didn't you go to the last time
Jessica Toft (36m 27s):
I went in the last one? It was that faith church. Oh no, I didn't know. Yeah, no, I know. Nope, I know it. Just talking about our buildings, there was a, I went in an hour early in, there was a huge line already. I've been to a lot of really wrapped around the whole city get wrapped around like several, it's so insane. And then like there's people that like walk up and down. It's like a big social event. It is.
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (36m 51s):
Jessica Toft (36m 52s):
is it fun for like such a, like people needing things? It's cool.
Joshua T Berglan (37m 0s):
Well that's amazing. So, and then I really appreciate you coming on. I, I believe in what you're doing and I was inspired by your YouTube video and you know, she talks about you all the time and then of course I see her showing up at your events and it's like, you know what? I want to talk to this lady and I love what you're doing when we, I'm going to make sure everyone knows how to get ahold of Caring Hearts whether they want to donate or volunteer if they are in the area. But for anyone out there that again is just looking to serve and they want to do something but they don't know what, what, what advice do you have for them?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (37m 38s):
Really think about what it is that brings you joy, what makes you happy, what is your passion? And when you find that and talk to God about it and he'll show you, ask him what your gifts are. My husband told me few years ago before I started this that my gift was service and I was like, no, I don't want to be serving people. What are you talking about? Well now look, I pretty much say that's my gift.
Joshua T Berglan (38m 1s):
Where is that something? Did you know, did you know your gift or purpose before you started serving?
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (38m 9s):
No. No. My husband, my husband sent it to me in a few years ago coz he was on a church group where they were doing the spiritual gift, you know, so he had said, your gift Mary is that is the service. And so I told her, yeah, it was crazy. I said, that's not, no, that's not my gift. Well then if you like a little while later, that's when I started this. And then he brought that back up and said, do you remember who told you the service? Yeah, the Bible too. Yeah, right. A lot.
Jessica Toft (38m 41s):
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (38m 42s):
Is it right? A lot. Like he gets it right a lot. So he's a great one. Since you were, but he, yeah, he told me that and now I absolutely believe it. And it's amazing too, because the gift of service, the person that's service mind, it doesn't think about that. But when God is the plan for you, he always, yep. I was, I was happy but not filled. I, I have a good life. I have a good family, I have everything I could want, you know, but I have, I have a happy life.
It wasn't it both. Hmm. And is the weight so much and I could've ever imagined just having a, it's a purpose for me. Gives me a purpose. Yes. I think of it. yes. It reminds me and how great I had it. Got it. It would have, and they'll have more than me. I haven't really great every day I can for that because of who we're hanging out and how. Okay. Oh dear. And the elders, so much greater.
I mean, I ha I'm blessed. I have a lot so that I can give back. And I don't know, that sounds really cheesy.
Jessica Toft (39m 56s):
Joshua talks all the time about the, how the shiny things it wears off after a day. But the way that you get from giving and making somebody else feel something, it's so much more
Mary Canada from Caring Hearts (40m 12s):
valuable. I have a story. So, um, yeah, sure. And the lady contacted us a few months ago and there was a homeless man that was at the bus garage in the mall of America. He was riding the bus to stay up. Mmm. The weather. So she had contacted her. I wasn't asked if there's anything. Yeah, of course it does together in a bag. And we, someone had it done, it made it to us a few months before that. It was thing in a drawer. Yes. $150 bus card that we had stuck in the jar because we knew somebody would come along needing that.
Right. So we gave this man who was homeless, we gave him a package with all this stuff in it and this, this bus pass. You know what he did with it? He wrote the bus, it tells you he was able to and job and then support himself. So now he's got a job. So he used this in order to get himself off the street. The job he got was in a hotel where they were giving him free hotel room to help him do the job. One simple act of someone contacting us and then us using something that was donated by someone else.
Hmm. We can do it the other. And we were able to make a change the person and that's it. Okay. Well so it was the worst, you know, is it that way Caring yeah it started with the orange. Yeah. It's so simple and you've created that is changing lives. It started with an orange T shirt and then okay. And then get all the time.
Okay. And so for nonprofit, I know, I mean and honestly every time we get money it's so exciting just because I know then that we can go that much longer. You know, it's like Oh we can pay the bills for a year, we can pay the bills this day. You know, that's kind of where we're at. And Hugh months ago I was getting a little nervous. Well now we're okay again. So the audience, okay. Downhill it and you're just who is there money wisely and we put it in this way. Okay.
And its not used until the Bill's need to be come to do it. But then now with Kobe we were in to two, I had the money, you spent it. That's how fast when we said we're going to do this to drive the money came in like instantly because she's the good to be able to do this cause of all of the support and you know, Joshua points out there helping us get money. Just the businesses are coming together and you know, the owners of these small businesses have come together and helped us.
I wish I could tell you one of the small businesses that donated over a thousand dollars privately and he won't let me tell you who he is. Um, but yeah, there's so much love of God and when you give and you serve, you're giving to God even though you may be giving to someone else, essentially you're giving to God and he's multiplying it. When you give it to us, he multiplies it cause we take it and put it right back out into the community. We're not, none of us are paid staff.
We all do this for free. So that's so cool. Mary you are a blessing. Thank you for all you do. I look forward to be in a part of it Thursday even though I won't meet you and I'm going to introduce you to other people. Yeah, I'm excited about the brand. We'll be there. Hi Fran. Fran is the shining star. She She is so awesome at finding stuff to do to do these distributions. She's been commenting. I saw you runs the store.
She helps all the people. She is so like She. If you come to her for help, she is so quick to help you. Okay. Hmm. I love her. That's amazing. Well Mary, thank you so much for being here and um, the show. Okay. I'm going to give you a draft. That's a wrap. Okay. And where are you going to put it? Jeffrey. Okay, that makes sense. What are you going to do with it? You know why? Because there's a toy store that had Geoffrey the giraffe.
Maybe it was a toys R us. Yeah. What are you going to work? I suppose could put them on my little
Joshua T Berglan (44m 32s):
shelf? No, it's a real, it's a real giraffe. It's a real giraffe for coming up on the show. I don't know. I do it. I don't even ride him. I'm sure Peter will love that all. Alright. Thank you for being on the show. So yes, to run the draft question, it is today. You didn't know it. He was coming. So those of you who watch Gratitude UnFiltered in the early days and when it was morning Gratitude we used to end every show with a question about the draft and it was shocking to hear some of the comments that are the responses.
So one of the things that I think one of the products we're going to make eventually to give away is a draft with a UnFiltered tee shirts. And speaking of Gratitude UnFiltered tee-shirt, I want to show you guys something. So this one, and you're going to see it. It still, but I don't know how well you guys can see that on your screen, but that is the back of the very first Gratitude UnFiltered t-shirt. And the cool thing is, and there's the, we made a sweatshirt to, uh, we're gonna make some bags, we're gonna make all kinds of stuff.
But in the car comments here, let me go to it. To do it. Mmm. As you do. No brother's keeper. It is an organization. And then I believe it with all my heart and I'm not sure. And in some way Mary thunder here it and everything she's doing, we'll put us up the stuff in the committee. That's it. It will be up to the blog. But in the comments there you'll be able to see it. All of the proceeds of the profits from the shirts are going to school. Where is my brother's keeper? Because like for them, they have to go out and sell banana bread to raise money for the organization. And that's what Ray, that was them to provide housing, um, education and things like that for the, the men and women are part of that program right now.
They can't fund it. Yes. And so the only way that's it he was with her. I'm one of those people, well that I don't really like just saying, Hey, donate without it to be able to, yeah, it was something. So we decided to create tee shirts. That is, it just talked about. That's the back of it. We decided to create those sweatshirts to be killed. Call in Minnesota. It's cold. It's 60 degrees. I'm freezing. Mmm. That's why I was just, I can do it.
So it's always fun to get something, you know, when you donate to be able to and have a hundred percent tax write off to get them. And it was hard. And at the same time, yeah, you're promoting Gratitude UnFiltered but whatever. It's a cool t-shirt. So by it. Alright. He was like, yeah. Okay. Okay. It was amazing. I am so sorry. A little bit of my own heart with Mary, Caring Hearts and Fran and Joshua White and all of those people. So I am grateful.
Yeah, no, and I appreciate it. And like this is what she's doing is so important. And you know, there's organizations
Joshua T Berglan (47m 31s):
all over the world that are in need and here in Minnesota, and look, you don't have to be local to be able to give to an organization like Carrie Hearts. My belief as we talk about on this show is you, so where you want to grow and the, you know, if you believe in it and align with someone's vision. So when to them, the blessing that you have to between them will not only bless a lot of other people that in real time you'll be fine. Two. And I think that's pretty cool. And I, I think that is, I have a lot of favorite things about this.
Okay. And it may be one. And why favorite things about God. So it allows you to stay aligned with your purpose. So anyway, well guys, thank you for being here. Thank you for everyone who shared this broadcast. And, um, yeah, well we'll see them Thursday, but we'll be back tomorrow live at 5:00 PM central and, uh, we'll see you soon. God bless. Bye bye.