Woman Volunteers for Selfies, I Mean…Soup Kitchen

Blogger Madison Raynolds is all about giving back. The 23-year-old Arizona State graduate has recently been posting, tweeting, snapping, and Tik-Toking all about her efforts to make the world a better place.

“As a member of this community, I think it’s important to clean out your expired food once a year and donate it to a church or something. Maybe even some of those blanket scarves that were really big in 2017. I don’t have any of those anymore, but someone totally should donate some,” Madison told us as we interviewed her in her apartment.

“November is the time of year for a lot of stuff. That voting thing just happened and I think that a lot of people are sad and need someone to come into their life to cheer them up. That’s why this year I’m partnering with an organization to serve food to the homeless on Thanksgiving,” Madison explains.

When we asked her which organization she was partnering with she said, “I don’t know yet.” When we asked her how she is considered a partner, she said she “just is.” Having her name attached to the event will bring people to the event, she claims, listing no examples of how or if the people will be volunteers or in need of service.

“A lot of people have been asking me about my skincare routine so I have been focusing on creating that content first. I’ll work out the details of the soup kitchen later, I just wanted to give you guys the heads up on the story so you can run with it when you’re ready, okay? Don’t write that down. It looks like you’re writing that down word for word and that’s not what I meant,” says Madison.

Thanksgiving has traditionally been the time of year when soup kitchens and other charities are overwhelmed with volunteers. These organizations could use help grocery shopping, volunteering to drive meals to those who can’t physically make it outside, and could also use help with monetary donations all year round. They also want you to keep an eye out for your community and take care of one another.

We reached out to Zoey Richardson, who runs the coalition for displaced community members, for any advice to those looking to be more involved this year. “I would like to remind Madison and all bloggers that is it inappropriate to pose with the homeless people, or even worse, to ask them to take your photo while you serve them.”

Madison says she would also like to take this time to encourage those in her community to be more tolerant of those with non-medical related food sensitivities. While not technically vegan or technically Celiac, Madison says that her food intolerances are often the subject of scrutiny in her friend group.

“I am really looking for a gravy-free kitchen to work with,” says Madison.

We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.

Kelly Collette
Kelly is a standup comedian who has performed at limestone, San Francisco Sketchfest, laughfest and more. She tours nationally and was named Best Comedian in Cincinnati.