In the spirit and deed of what community truly means, the Dec. 2 Insight/KMOJ Public Policy Forum served as a talking drum to summon aid for a beleaguered, but unbowed matriarch. In the spirit and deed of what community truly means, the Dec. 2 Insight/KMOJ Public Policy Forum served as a talking drum to summon aid for a beleaguered, but unbowed matriarch. Guests K. D. Stewart and the Rev. John L. Bowen refrained from mentioning her name, but put before the Forum that a Twin Cities grandmother is raising 12 young ones (ages six to 15) by herself and could use, as it were, the village’s help to ease the burden of raising those children. According to Stewart, one of her daughters died in childbirth and the other has succumbed to illness. It was not said what became of the fathers.
Stewart, a veteran of civil rights activism, stated, “In the olden days, when there was a need, the community came together in love and unity.” He said of the grandmother’s plight, “This is a problem that is rising. More grandmothers are put in this type of position, now more than ever in our history.”
Bowen spoke of the importance of the community providing aid rather than leaving families to deal with social services. “Our church has adopted this family. They have submitted a list [of needs] and we have submitted our own list. We want to make sure they have clothing, food and whatever else they need for the holidays and beyond that.”
The items requested are hardly extravagances, but basic essentials. “We’re looking for [children’s] snow-boots, coats, all type of clothes in sizes from medium to extra large. There’s a real need for furniture, beds, sheets and towels. We need about four dressers. All type of food because there’s seven girls and five boys and when you have boys around, they eat a lot.”
The Men of March, which provides security for the Insight News/KMOJ Public Policy Forum, immediately offered a contribution of $100.
Those interested in helping the family should call (612) 522-6052 or reach Stewart directly at (763) 249-7862. Items may be brought to Bowen’s church at 920 31st Avenue No. in Minneapolis on the corner of Colfax Ave.