Mayor Says Mpls. In Need Of ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’

By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Mayor R.T. Rybak says many of the people showing up at the disaster recovery center after last weekend’s tornado are without power and are in need of food and water.

Rybak says the biggest issue they’re facing is how to feed everyone because many lost everything in their refrigerator and freezer once the power went out.

He is encouraging inter-faith groups to team up in an effort to provide food for those in need, saying the city needs “random acts of kindness” to help with recovery.

Meanwhile, the University of Minnesota will be organizing groups of volunteers to continue going into neighborhoods and giving out supplies. The University’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center will be organizing volunteers Friday and Saturday.

Rybak said the city is also in the process of planning a ‘build-a-thon’ to help with home repairs — possibly next weekend.

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  • Neither Lazy nor an SOB

    You can’t judge all residents by a couple. There are plenty of us that have been busting our butts to recover what we can. Many of us have pride in our community and want to see it restored as quickly as possible.

    I hope you and your friends don’t rush to judgments on all things as quickly as you did the character of all North Minneapolis residents.

    Erica P.

  • Jeff

    err….I meant held

  • Dale Gribble

    “I’ve always relied on the kindness of strangers”. Come on, RT, is this the best we can do? Look what happened to Blanche DuBois!

  • Misvette

    Hopefully you will not JUDGE a WHOLE community based on a few. There are always going to be those that wont help themselves but we just need to leave those to their own misery and find those helping themselves.

    Would u feel the same way if people were being lazy drinking on the lawn if were in Edina !

    • agered

      In this day and age, can we really just leave the racist comments to ourselves. Better yet, treat people equally.

      • Usless Dribble

        Hey Angered – point out in any comment where a specific RACE was mentioned. If you can’t show me where a “color” was mentioned then you are pulling the same liberal BS crying racism as most of the Democrats have.

        If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, its a duck. Quit the race baiting. The fact is, there are some very lazy – welfare receiving people on the North Side. No where is race mentioned.

        You lose.

        • Jim

          Looks like Angered hit a nerve with you there, “Useless.” Here’s a pro tip for you, as I can tell you’re new to this whole internet thing. When there is a racist comment, it gets deleted from this site pretty quickly. So maybe Angered is responding to something you can no longer see. But I can tell that you really just want to whine about “liberal BS,” so have at it.

        • ANGRY


  • Kman

    I can see the Republicans Have Commented section 8 / Renters these are People that need Help and RT,if you can find ways to Help the Billionair Vikings owner you should be able to to feed these People

    • Good Ol Boy

      The stadium isn’t for the “Billionair(sic) Vikings owner” Einstein. It’s for the state of MN. The State will own it. Do your research next time before sounding so ignorant.

      • Jim

        Exactly what the state needs right now–supplementing the NFL with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars so the billionaire owner of the Vikings doesn’t have to dip too deeply into his own bank account. Is this the GOP plan for economic recovery?

        • Guy

          No; its corporate WELFARE – and its DAYTON that is supporting it. Shut down ALL of the welfare & send ALL of the welfare bums to other states – the billionare welfare bums AND the liquor-looting ones.

          • Jim

            Guy, I get your point but that’s obviously not a solution. (And I’m pretty sure that when you get down to it, both parties support taxpayer funding for the stadium.) What happens when Iowa sends all of its welfare recipients north?

            • Dave

              Jim your the only one making sense here. I worked the north side the following day. I was hard pressed seeing any community member helpingout. I did see community members watching volunteers working their ass off. I did see community members getting free food and water and then trying to sell food and water to the volunteers. I did see a big fight involving approx 50 people with one waving a gun and it was the polices fault of course. I do feel sorry for the actual home owners in the area. They did start cleaning their own yards the best they could. But what do I know, I’m one of the bad guys.

      • kman

        Do your Reserch The State Owns one already right Next time Before sound Ignorant

      • kman

        Good ol Boy You do know RT is the Mayor of Minneapolis Not of the state of MN right and the 250 Million he Promissed the Billionair was City Money But I can see you did your Home work and you still sound Ignorant

  • Cache

    How about he takes his own advise and be the first by doing one for the city…RESIGN BUM!

  • Cache

    Time to get these scamming mooches out of our state and off the welfare rolls…get out and go back to New orleans, chicago or wherever!!!!

  • Sam I am

    The difference is the people who bust their a$$ are not the ones standing in line demanding assistance or looting. Its very obvious who the hardworking people are.

    The only ones you hear demanding assistance at the lazy SOBs who have never worked a day in their life.

    To the hard working people doing it on your own, I pray you get some sort of relief soon.

  • Guy

    Hey, RyHACK – how about starting with an APOLOGY to that tree-trimmer guy
    that was on last night’s news. The one that showed up; started to clear trees (using his OWN equipment – FOR >FREE<) and YOUR city inspectors forced him to leave & tried to give him a ticket.

    With that kind of attitude; I would never even TRY to help ANYWHERE in Minneapolis – bulldoze the ENTIRE city & start over.

    • Linda

      The union got mad and probably said hey that is our job!
      So go after the volunteer,,

    • JamieinMN

      Whaaaaa?!?!?! That’s just wrong….

  • red

    Breastfeeding an 8 year old, that is disgusting!!!!! I will not give anything to these people, or no “random act of kindness” or ever volunteer to help these lazy people again. I volunteered for 4 hours watched them sit and do do nothing but watch myself and others work out butts off while someting of them drank. My friends, co-workers and myself will NEVER do a thing for them again let along go to a frickin benfit concert. What a joke!

    • Jim

      When the GOP argues that if people just got to keep more of their “hard earned” money that they would give more to charity, I always laugh. The comments here prove that Republicans want more money for themselves, period, and when there are people in need, they’re “lazy,” and they were “up all night looting,” and “I will not give anything to these people.” LOL. I love it when GOPers expose themselves.

      • Fed Up

        Jim, I have read most of your comments and you are in serious need of education.

        • Jim

          Thanks for the advice, random internet poster. Sometimes people disagree. You’re going to find that a lot in this country. Good luck to you.

      • Fed Up


      • Guy

        I >WORK< for my money. I don't sit around and collect welfare or loot the local liquor store when opportunity arises. You might not like to look at the facts; but they still remain. Libs like you might want to change the double-plus-ungood bad-facts into "good-facts"; but the "bad-facts" are true & the "good-facts" are LIES.

        • Jim

          “Libs like you might want to change the double-plus-ungood bad-facts into “good-facts”; but the “bad-facts” are true & the “good-facts” are LIES.” Huh? Was that written in English? I seriously have no idea what you wrote there.

          I also work for my money and I also don’t loot liquor stores. Congratulations to both of us. Did you have a point?

          • Guy

            Try reading BOOKS – those things made out of paper… “1984” by George Orwell in particular. Redefining the language is a element. The state is good … the state is all … the state will provide (but ONLY what the state belives that you need). That is a LIB attitude. The rest of us belive that WE get to decide who is WORTHY of our help and sympathy

            • Jim

              “The rest of us belive that WE get to decide who is WORTHY of our help and sympathy”

              Right, I get that. You get to decide who “is worthy” of charity and who isn’t. And from the comments here, it’s obvious that most aren’t interested in giving unless it’s to a neighborhood they approve of. I’m just glad to see Republicans finally start to admit that private citizens won’t do it, we need government to help those most in need, regardless of their neighborhood.

              • Guy

                No; it means that we’re not interrested in helping those who won’t even TRY to help themselves. I have a LOT more sympathy for the people down in Joplin MO. because THEY were trying to help themselves. Ants vs grasshoppers – the ants work and build for tomorrow; the grasshopper waits for someone to “help ME … MEE … MEEEE”

                • Jim

                  So a few lazy residents in a neighborhood spoils your opinion of everyone? That’s just silly. I guarantee there are plenty of lazy people, looters, and other no-good types in Joplin as well. The point is, there are ants and grasshoppers in every neighborhood, but it seems that some people are just looking for excuses not to help.

        • st paul

          AMEN brotha!

          Jim, leave it to you to pull the political card… typical lib.

          Even if I was a democrat, I still wouldn’t give any money. Nothing comes for free.

          • Jim

            Why is everything a “card” with Republicans? The political card? That’s a new one to me, and quite strange of you to bring up since this is a story about something a POLITICIAN said.

            “Even if I was a democrat, I still wouldn’t give any money.” Yeah, we know. Helping those in need is not what Republicans do. That’s what I’ve been saying. I’m happy to see you admit it.

    • mpls sux

      REALLY? That is just naaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssstttttttttttyy…….

    • Guy

      Give them a break – being up all night looting (where do you THINK they got the beer?) is TIRING … they needed to rest up so that they can go back out again tonight.

      • Jennifer Sandness


  • Guy

    Hey give them a break – they had to get rid of the “evidence” that they looted from that liquor store up on Broadway.

  • angered

    In this day and age, can we really just leave the racist comments to ourselves. Better yet, treat people equally

    • ANGRY

      I do not see any RACIST comments. I see sterotypical comments made about people who live on north side. You should really learn what the word RACIST means before you abuse it.

      • Jim

        ANGRY, racist comments are deleted. Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they weren’t posted. Welcome to the internet.

        • ANGRY

          Well obviously if i were to spend my entire day on here, I would know all the rules and regulations such as yourself. Sorry but don’t have time for that. Just pointing out the obvious.

          • Jim

            Yeah, you have to spend all day here to know that racist comments are deleted from message boards. LOL. Welcome to 2011, it must be very exciting for you.

  • Jennifer Sandness

    If I was working at a place where someone was sitting there drinking beer, I would have left and made SURE they saw me working elsewhere where a homeowner is willing to help! What lazy blankety-blanks and then they wonder why no one is contributing? People only help to those who help themselves.

  • red


  • Ann

    Wow, For all of you good people who will never volunteer again or those who never volunteered anything but their opinion, it is my prayer that your final judgement is gentler.

  • Rick Berg

    I live in NOMI and have not been unemployed in over twenty years, I have only drawn unemployment once in my entire life. I can tell you that most of the people on my block either work or are retired (having worked for many years they deserve it).

    There are many people who choose to live in NOMI for many different reasons and I am one of them. I enjoy the cultural diversity and I bought a lot of house for a little money which is a good value. I detest the plastic land of suburbs with their chain burger and chicken joints. Yeah we have a few of them but we also have more Mom and Pop operations like Tooties, the Lowry Cafe, and Hui’s Chowmein. You don’t even know what a good Gyro is like until you have had one from Fire & Ice or from Marina Deli in NE. I dare you to find a better hardware store than North End Hardware and if you want good coffee try Steamworks. Nghia @ Nghia’s Automotive is the best mechanic in the twin cities and is reasonably priced and one of the most honest people I have ever known.

    Back when I lived in the suburbs I barely knew my neighbors. In the city I know most of the people on the block and they are all very nice people.

  • saddened

    It makes me sad to see all of the derogatory comments about the residents who fell victim to the tornado. I don’t care who they are, whether they drink or not, whether or not they have a job. There are adults and children with no home or food who need a dose of compassion and an outpouring of humanity. And please quit using this comment area for personal political outbursts or attacks on RT Ryback. These people are part of our community and should be treated as such. Grow up…

  • lib

    I am surprised that Mayor Rybek would want interfaith orgainizations involved, after all he and all the other liberals want the seperation of church and state, so i guess the state better get a goin. The churches can give their money to the truly needy, not the welfare mamas.

  • Guy

    (This is going to end up in the wrong place because we’ve reached some sort of limit to the web posting reply chain. This is in response to “Jim”s 4:20 posting)

    Its not a single instance or a few lazy residents. I used to own a rental (for 20 years) over at 9th & Morgan in N-M. Every few years I had to just about REBUILD & rehab the place because the tenants moved out & were too lazy to even CLEAN (try scraping over an INCH of grime off of the top of a fridge sometime). Its emptying 30 BAGS of old moldy clothes plus a bunch of broken furnature out of the basement and then having half the neighborhood show up & go rummaging thru the dumpster. Its being broke into TWICE in a WEEK while you are rehabbing the place. Its finding stolen stop signs (that the kids stole); SHOWING them to the parents and being blown off as no big deal. Its replacing tile in the kitchen (due to the TENANTS leaking portable dishwasher); having the kids trying to kick the bedroom door in and mom sitting on her butt on the living room couch doing NOTHING. Its finding nice, neat little pieces cut out of window screens (crack smoking anyone) and having the tenant try to claim it was a “burglery” (burglers do NOT cut 2″x2″ neat holes). I wish that I could post the pictures … II still have them – got rid of the rental about 7 years ago because I got tired of fixing all of the damages that the tenants did. Its not finding ONE SINGLE decent tenant in 20 years at that place. (Yes; there ARE good tenants out there – we had much better results in the other rentals … note to prospective landlords – rent to MINISTERS – not welfare :) )

    There may be “grasshoppers” in Joplin; I don’t know. I AM familier with N-M … and “familiarity breeds contempt”.

  • Sick of North Mpls

    The North side needs random acts of kindness…..why don’t they do it themselves! Return the stolen property, pay for the liquor and other places you robbed, I wouldn’t give any one of them a place to sleep or a hot meal! Where were they when South Mpls got hit by the tornando? They were sitting on their a$$ laughing and that folks is a fact, just like the fact that there are lazy welfare lying people in line getting hand outs they don’t deserve!!!

  • ME TOO

    They’re just going to use this as another opportunity to milk the system. 147 homes were deemed “unlivable”, yet over 200 homes were either abandoned or in foreclosure already. Why are there over 1000 people taking hand-outs when there weren’t that many people in the affected area? BULLDOZE, we need more parks and gardens and parking lots anyway. Go back to Detroit or Chicago, you’ve ruined enough of our city.

  • Phil Mcrackin

    These people need help. I grew up in N Mpls and they are some of the best folks I have had the pleasure of knowing. But please MORONS do not mention the Vikes stadium when talking about this tragedy it just makes you look more stupid than you already are.

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