Emily's 40th Birthday Campaign for Open Arms

When I thought of all the ways I could celebrate my 40th birthday, none of them included a worldwide pandemic. But here we are. I envisioned something special. Something “epic” as my boys would say. And I always find a way to get what I want …

This birthday girl from the land of 10,000 lakes has thought of 10,000 ways to make her 40th birthday unforgettable – but I could use a little help.

For my 40th birthday, I’m setting a goal to raise $10,000 for Open Arms of Minnesota . This organization has been dear to me for many years and I consider it an honor to serve on its board of directors. When the pandemic started, there was a lot of uncertainty. To say I have been amazed at what Open Arms has overcome is an understatement. All the major fundraising events had to be cancelled, but the team worked tirelessly to develop new fundraising channels. The organization is dependent on volunteers preparing food in the kitchen and delivering meals throughout the community, which provided unique challenges with new pandemic safety procedures. But they overcame these challenges, finding ways to prepare and deliver more meals than ever before when community unrest hit Minneapolis. See, Open Arms decided to open its arms even wider to serve the local community in new ways to ensure people who found themselves in food deserts due to businesses closing had access to nutritious meals.

So, for my 40th birthday, I would like to help ensure Open Arms can continue to serve the community with nutritious, delicious meals for anyone living with a life-threatening illness.

Please consider helping me celebrate my birthday by donating – here is how your donation could make a difference:

·       $2,028.00 – Six months of meals for a client

·       $624.00 – Two months of meals for a client

·       $312.00 – One month of meals for a client

·       $78.00 – One week of meals for a client


And, if we hit my goal of raising $10,000 by November 25th (aka my birthday), I promise to through one of the most delicious dinner parties you could imagine with my friends at Open Arms when it is safe for us to all gather together again. Donations of any size will get your name on the invite list

Thank you for your support!


More information about Open Arms of Minnesota, Inc: It's a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet it happens every day that people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook -- and, often, without the support network to help. That's where we come in. Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of individuals living with life threatening illness in the Twin Cities.


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Emily Negrin 
Minneapolis, MN
Open Arms of Minnesota, Inc 
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