Video by Megan Goodmundson posted to JohnnyHoffa
This building is located on the same block as the old Wafana's "inconvenience store." Some of us were wondering recently if it was going to be torn down when we saw a large construction dumpster show up. Turned out the apartment building is in good hands and, in fact, volunteer labor was helping the bottom line of the project as part of community-minded efforts coordinated by MCTC on the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
Buses took some volunteers there, others arrived in their own vehicles. For several hours we ripped out drywall, unmounted old doors, removed worn out appliances, (I managed to score a bunch of fridge magnets) and at one point we discovered the best way to move a fridge on the icy path near the dumpster was to...
...transform it into a sled. This video captures some of our "fridge sledding." I'm the one pushing and the young man on the fridge is named "Terrell" (spelling unknown) a student at MCTC whose regular job is demolition, the same stuff he was doing at 620 23rd Ave. N. as an unpaid volunteer.
At one point while ripping out wire mesh together, Terrell and I talked about the struggle to stay part of our children's lives, which I've been working at since, like, late 1999 but which Terrell has just started to experience. I told Terrell it was worth the difficulty. Nothing was worth so much in life as being involved with your child. Stick with it, I told him, no matter what obstacles are placed in your path.
And then we went back to ripping out wire mesh.
Scrappers were on hand and got quite a score of aluminum, appliances and even a small section of copper piping which somehow got missed by, well, whoever got the REST of the copper piping.
This was a great way to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and MCTC apparently has an event like this every year so if you missed this round, there's next year and the year after that.