Target: Landlord of Millie Mims
Goal: Instead of evicting Millie Mims, thank her for dedicating every last one of her personal resources to feeding those without homes
Millie Mims, a longtime caretaker of those in need, was recently faced with an eviction notice from her landlord. It stated she was illegally running a business out of her home and would need to vacate the premises. It is a very weak case, given that Mims makes no money from her work and runs it on the Venice Beach boardwalk in California. The “business” to which her landlord is referring? It is the batch of soup, salad, and bread Mim makes every day to feed the hungry—a venture from which she is definitely not compensated for monetarily, and actually spends her own money on each week. Mims should not be punished for feeding thousands of people over the past decade. Instead, she should be thanked and perhaps even thought of when you are deciding which project to donate to in the future.
Mims has known for decades that her calling in life is to help those in need. For years, she fed and clothed people from her own home, and cared for those when there was no space left in shelters. In 2001, she worked in Badger, CA with local farmers markets to provide healthy food to needy families and local schools. Mims relocated in 2010 to the Venice Beach boardwalk, where she quickly began feeding a hot meal to over 100 individuals every day.
What’s extraordinary about her work, in addition to her dedication and tenacity, is the type of food she serves. Mims dishes out hundreds of bowls and plates each day of organic, vegetarian, GMO-free food. Her primary dishes are soup, salad, and rice. She works with the help of one or two volunteers depending on the day, and sometimes even by herself.
Why, then, is Mims being punished? After all of the good she has done, and the thousands of people she has clothed and fed, she is being evicted on the weak claims that she’s running a business out of her apartment. Not only is this factually incorrect, but it’s using Mims’ work for good against her in a twisted fashion. Mims deserves to be thanked for her work, not the opposite. Sign below to thank her for her noble work, and ask her landlord not to evict her.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I recently read about Millie Mims’ lifelong efforts of feeding and clothing those in need. Throughout her entire existence, she has helped everyone she could: she fed the hungry, took in those without housing, offered every last resource she has to help people get back on their feet. Her latest work, on the Venice Beach boardwalk, feeds over 100 hungry individuals each day. This extraordinary work deserves praise and support. Instead, you’ve seen fit to try and evict her on grounds of running a “business” out of her apartment. Mims is giving her all to help the hungry and you are actively try to stop this with a very weak case.
Mims seems to define the phrase “going above and beyond,” given that she has dedicated every minute and penny she can manage to feeding the hungry. Thousands of lives have been changed because of her, and she deserves our thanks and help for this. Please do not punish her for these good acts by kicking her out of her home.
[Your Name Here]
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