WHO WAS LAETH ?
Laeth Mullins was a twin, son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, friend, and Marine.
On August 31, 2012, at only 22 years of age, Laeth was involved in a tragic accident which sent him to be with God. Laeth always loved helping others.Team Laeth is Laeth's family's project to keep helping others the way Laeth did in his memory. Team Laeth served our first meal for the homeless on January 10, 2013. During 2013 and 2014 we served meals every Thursday except Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, many others serve those weeks. We have served over 3,000 meals each year thanks to help of many volunteers.
One photo shows the original memorial for Laeth at the accident site. It was on eastbound Walnut Grove over Germantown Parkway in Memphis. It was cut from a 3 foot section of oak tree with a chainsaw by local Memphis woodcarver Paul Schaefer and it was set in concrete. The memorial was removed from the site. Anyone with any information on where the memorial is located PLEASE contact us, we just want it back. There is also a picture of the angel painting by local Memphis artist Alberto Cabrera that was inspired by Laeth.
We are currently serving meals on the streets of downtown Memphis every Thursday at 5pm CT. NOTE: We have moved serving time up to 5pm during Standard Time. See projects page for details. We always need supplies and we can always use help preparing the meals and serving. Please contact us to volunteer or donate supplies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During 2014 we have continued serving 70-110 people every Thursday. We have built a close friendship with people on the street by showing up consistently despite the weather. They know they can count on us and we know we can count on them. Thanks to Sarah's help and Jacob's Well's support we often have clothing, coats and blankets to give to those we serve. We also provide information about resources available to those in need including food, shelter, housing and other services.
We are a diverse group who comes together to serve others in need. When Team Laeth began there were only 2 people and we needed help. We found that help from those on the street that we came to serve. As we have grown that need has grown. Much of our group is made up of people who came to be served but now help us serve others. Our group includes suburban families, homeless singles and couples, young and old, men and women.
We talk before the meal and our messages are simple:
Make sure everyone you love and care about knows it. You never know who will leave us next. It's usually not who we expect. Appreciate who and what you have while you have it, don't spend time regretting what you don't have and miss out on what you do have. What we have can be taken away at any time.
You can turn personal tragedy into a blessing for others. We have found that if you take a personal tragedy and find a way to use it to help others it can help you get through the tragedy. It is true that helping others helps us too. Most in our group will attest to that.
We ask everyone to take the energy from the meal to help others. We explain they can be a part of Team Laeth by going out and helping others in need. Everyone pitches in to help. Those who come to be served unload, keep security, load back up afterwards and clean up the area after the meal. Everyone gets a chance to help and be a part of something. We try to make sure everyone leaves a Team Laeth meal service feeling better about themselves and others.