142,000 slices of Pizza were given to the Homeless

142,000 slices of Pizza were given to the Homeless

“A Heart for the Homeless” could be the main slogan for a quaint and small pizzeria in Fargo, North Dakota.

Back in 2015, Mike and Jennifer Stevens opened a Little Caesars franchise. Months after they opened the restaurant, they saw a homeless man sitting outside a gas station for several hours at a time.

Heart broken, Jennifer and her daughters, Sunday Stevens and Paige Loftus, knew they had to do something. “My daughters and I were looking out of the window and saying we should get him something,” Jennifer told Today Food. “We brought him a pizza. He was so thankful and so gracious. Then we ended up doing it again to a different person. And again for a different person. And again for another person.”

The Steven family’s act of kindness did not stop at individual slices. One year later, their kindness soared when the family realized many people were looking through the dumpster for scraps of food. 

Mike Stevens giving away free pizza to the homeless.

Mike realized he could not stand by and watch those experiencing homelessness starve, so he posted a sign on the restaurant door, reading:

“To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come in during operating hours for a couple of slices of hot pizza and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.”

Their kindness changed gradually. The family went from giving away a couple of slices to giving away entire pizzas to those who could not afford a meal. Mike and Jennifer even began a partnership with a local homeless shelter, freezing dozens of pizzas for volunteers to pick up and deliver to the shelter.

According to Food Today, the family has given away over 142,000 slices of pizza, which is equivalent to $70,000. Although Mike lost his life to leukemia on December 1, 2017, his wife and children continue to give away free pizzas to the homeless.

To those whom share Mike and Jennifer’s vision for helping the homeless can visit their Go Fund Me Page.

“We are hoping to raise funding for the next year so we can keep donating pizzas to our beautiful community,” Jennifer said.

Overall, Jennifer continues to help those experiencing homelessness because she shares a heart for them just as her husband did. “He really, really pursued this,” she told Today. “It’s a small thing that we can do to bring a big difference in their day and it’s just kept going. You have to come together to help each other out. We just do it because it seems like the right thing to do.”


 

Late-term abortion at stake in North Dakota Senate race

Late-term abortion at stake in North Dakota Senate race

Republican candidate Kevin Cramer and his Democratic opponent, Heidi Heitkamp, continue to clash over abortion in North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race.

Heitkamp’s support for late-term abortion presents an easy target for Cramer, in a state where 56% of voters favor a late-term abortion ban.

Cramer recently launched a TV ad on the subject, reports The Atlantic. In a 30-second spot titled “Respecting Life,” Cramer’s pregnant daughter criticizes Heitkamp for her opposition to a late-term abortion ban in the Senate earlier this year. The ad features footage of Heitkamp celebrating with Democrat Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor after the bill failed.

“She looked like she was celebrating. Late-term abortion, can you imagine?” Cramer’s daughter asks as she places her hands on her pregnant belly.

Late-term abortion has remained at the center of North Dakota’s Senate race as Republicans have continued to highlight Heitkamp’s vacillating views on the issue. In 2012, during her first Senate contest, the Democrat stated that she opposed late-term abortion “except when necessary to save the life of the mother.” By 2015, however, she had voted to block a second-trimester abortion ban.

When John McCormack, a Weekly Standard reporter, asked Heitkamp about her evolving views, she refused to discuss the topic.

Heitkamp’s weaknesses offer hope for North Dakota Republicans, who helped Donald Trump to a 63% victory in the state in 2016. A victory for Cramer could increase Republicans’ Senate majority in November. Current polls put the contest within the margin of error: Inside Elections, a nonpartisan campaign analytics organization, has reclassified the race from “tossup” to “tilts Republican.”

President Trump plans to visit North Dakota later this week to fund-raise for Cramer. The White House had encouraged Cramer to abandon his House seat to run against Heitkamp–a political gamble which appears increasingly likely to pay off.