MINNEAPOLIS - In 2011, the People Serving People shelter in downtown Minneapolis has seen its most inhabitants in a decade. Times are tough, in the Twin Cities and beyond.
For former Twin Rod Carew, helping such causes is personal.
"I grew up in Panama," the Hall of Famer noted Monday, "and I grew up a poor kid. I didn't have a lot, and I struggled at times to get food. I wasn't able to have Christmas gifts.
"So I understand what these families are going through."
Carew and Twins staff visited People Serving People on Monday night, passing out warm meals and signing autographs. They hope they helped; the smiles on residents' faces suggest they did.
"I think it's really inspirational for families who may be struggling - especially this time of year - to have someone like Mr. Carew come and spend time at our facility," said Wendy Darst, Grant Writer for People Serving People, a full-time emergency shelter.
Monday's evening ...