Loaves and Fishes Carries On Steve O'Neil's Legacy

By KBJR News 1

July 27, 2013 Updated Jul 27, 2013 at 5:36 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Live music and fun games filled the 1600 block of Jefferson Street in Duluth Saturday to celebrate the community.

Recently, a community mourned the loss of a man who worked hard for people in need.

"Steve believed in the dignity of every person," said Joel Kilgour, a member of Loaves and Fishes.

Now, that same community came together once again to celebrate all that he has built.

"Steve loved this block party and he was always manning the barbeque and it was just a great way to see all of his friends," remembers Angie Miller, Steve O'Neil's wife.

Together the couple founded Loaves and Fishes 24 years ago after opening their home to people in need.

"Hundreds and hundreds of people stayed at the houses men and women and families and children over the years," said Miller.

Organizers say the block party is a way to celebrate the community around them.

"Its really fun, there is always slots of music and tye dying and crafts and games and it's a great way for the neighbors to get to know each other and be a part of what is happening on Jefferson Street," said Chelsea Froemke, a member of Loaves and Fishes.

There was also a parade.

"What we are doing is gathering all the pets and bringing them to the main stage and I will walk around with all the animals," said Bryce Petrovich who lives at the Olive Branch.

All in all, Angie says she is very happy to see her husband's legacy live on.

"The community now is carrying on the work that makes me and Steve very happy."

Loaves and Fishes is teaming up with the Salvation Army, Chum and Life house to reach out to people living on the streets.

Volunteers are always needed for outreach teams. For more information about the organization click here

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