What started as a simple mission to feed one family has grown into a movement and the person behind it may be unlike anyone you’ve ever met.
Blake Purvis just turned 23, but he is wise beyond his years and he seems to already know what he wants to do with the rest of his life; help others, and he’s using the power of social media to get it done.
We first caught up with Blake as he was preparing to do what he seems to always be doing; taking on the role of guardian angel and feeding people from Detroit to Downriver and back.
“I had to ask, “What made you start doing this?” Blake’s answer took me by surprise, “I used to work at the Subway; I still do work there but there was a family that would come in everyday wanting a meal. Unfortunately I couldn’t give them free meals.”
So he did them one better… he made them a home cooked meal
“I’d cook scrambled egg sandwiches and breakfast, all different kinds of stuff.”
And that got him thinking about how many other people out there might be in the same position; needing a meal but not knowing where to find one… Just like that Blake found his calling; Feeding Detroit and Downriver. it’s hard work. Luckily he doesn't’t have to do it alone.
He’s got his Facebook family.
“Alright guys, share, share, share. This is feeding Detroit and Downriver. We come out here seven nights a week and what that means is we come out here and hand out freshly cooked meals every single day.”
Just watch one of his videos and you’ll understand why Blake Purvis is our Detroit 2020 Person of the Week.
If you’re interested in helping Blake, he’ll take what ever help you can offer. Check him out on Facebook.
Feeding Detroit and Downriver is the name of the page.