Generous Kids Celebrate Birthdays by Making 900 Sandwiches for Homeless People

Guests were asked to bring loaves of bread to the outdoor extravaganza.

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Oct 9, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Nate and Quinn Mitchell’s joint birthday party was filled with desserts, games, and friends. But their event was missing one key component typical of kids’ parties: presents.

That’s because the brother-sister pair asked their friends to bring a loaf of bread and two pounds of deli meat in lieu of gifts, ABC reports. Their guests helped them assemble hundreds of sandwiches for a homeless shelter near their hometown of Menads, New York.

“I saw that I had a lot of stuff at home, and I have a good family, so I decided I wanted to make sandwiches and give them to the homeless shelter,” 10-year-old Quinn told ABC. Nate, her 12-year-old brother, also felt they should give back to people less fortunate than them.

The party wasn’t all work. More than 100 guests attended the bash, joining in on pie- and pudding-eating contests in between assembling lunches. At the end of the event, they handed more than 900 sandwiches to Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany.

Homelessness increased by 29 percent in New York between 2007 and 2014, according to the government’s annual count, a higher rate than that of any other state in the nation. Although the majority of the state’s homeless population is in New York City, Albany has plenty of mouths to feed. Capital City Rescue Mission served more than 200,000 meals in 2014.

The kids took a cue from their neighbor Carol Demetko, who works with volunteer organization Pay It Forward…Together to help families in need by providing meals, organizing clothing drives, and holding fund-raising events. They hope their party will inspire their friends to host similar events, proving that they can combine a good time with helping those in need.

“I felt really excited because I just looked all around the park,” Quinn told ABC. “My eyes just lit up because I’m like, ‘Whoa, they’re not going to be hungry for a while.’ ”