I’m from Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, FL and we just finished doing another Kindness to Go – it was one part of our Jr. High service retreat called Out2B (Out2B Outside of Me). It went great and the kids loved it…again! We took the gift bags to more stores, and we also went to swimming pools with sunscreen and water. (We need to tweak the labels on the sunscreen as some of them did not stick well.)
I heard that a lady at Krispy Kreme donuts called the church office….she has been having a hard time and the bag was really an encouragement to her. She called the church office to say thank you…and she said she might come and visit us sometime.
My niece works at Little Caesars Pizza and they received a bag. She told my sister that the employees were saying how nice our church was to do that and how they really appreciated that it didn’t include something that said “YOU NEED JESUS!” They seemed to have a favorable and friendly impression of CFC because of this.
Someone giving out sunscreen/water offered it to some boys. When asked about it, they said that they were showing the love of Jesus in a practical way. The boys said that they were Muslim. Our kids said, that is OK, we still want you to have it. The boys looked shocked, and took the water.
Bill Winton had a great idea….we stuffed the bags so quickly that we had a lot of time to deliver the bags. He was driving one of the vans so he decided to drive to one store, let two kids out to deliver the bag. When they returned, he had them debrief….what was said, what they could have done differently…and so the whole van was able to participate in each store experience – and they were also were able to improve their gift-giving through this practical training!
Thank you, again, for taking the time to come to Florida to train our kids and our church on this fun outreach!!!