Sandwich Man Receives Honor For Lifetime Dedication

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Lindsey LaBelle
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For Allen Law, a sandwich means so much more than just lunch.

The Minnesota FastBreak Foundation honored Law, “The Sandwich Man,” at center court Saturday night for his dedication to helping the homeless.

Law has devoted his entire adult life to serving families in need. Every evening, he drives through the Twin Cities to make sure supplies, support and sandwiches are provided for those who don’t have the means to provide for themselves.

He began Minneapolis Recreation Development, Inc. (MRD) in 1967, which began as an after school, weekend and summertime recreation program for at-risk inner city youth. It has since expanded in scope to serve the homeless, disadvantaged youth and their families.

Throughout his journey, he has seen dozens of smiling faces and success stories. The most rewarding part of his job is witnessing the people that he helps transition into a better life. His impact has resulted in new apartments, jobs and tons of Minnesota kids staying in school.

“Every day, I don’t know how many times someone comes up to me and reminds me of the olden days when they didn’t have something,” Law said. “The involvement that we had has changed their life totally. The whole idea is not to eat a sandwich, it’s to change lives. That’s they key.”

Wolves senior vice president Ted Johnson and SPIRE Federal Credit Union vice president of marketing Casey Carlson presented Law with a team-signed basketball as the Wolves took on the Phoenix Suns.

The Minnesota FastBreak Foundation honored Law as part of the Season of Giving presented by SPIRE Federal Credit Union. During the month, the Foundation focuses on giving the holiday season a little sparkle for Minnesotans in need, as well as recognizing those in the community who dedicate their time to assisting others.

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