I was excited to get involved in our April 5 outreach program - Beyond the Walls - and I chose to work with the Random Acts of Kindness group. There were about 19 people in the group I was assigned to, and we further separated in smaller groups. My "groupmates" were Samantha Warren and Yolande (Ricque) Sinclair. We worked at one of the traffic lights near the Prince George's mall. When the traffic light turned red, we walked to the stopped cars and said, "We are from the Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church and we are here to just share a little love. Would you like a bottle of water or granola bar or lollipops for the kids?"
There was this particular man who accepted the granola bar and water I offered him; he said thank you, but he keep looking around in his car. I told him the water and bar were free. He said, "Free? But I want to give you something [money]." I had to convince him that he did not have to give me any money. He said "God bless you; God bless you."
One lady didn't want to talk to me when I approached her car; she kept her window up, but I kept talking - telling her where I was from and that I was just sharing a little love, and asked her if she wanted some lollipops for the children in her back seat. She eventually rolled down the window and accepted the gifts. She said thank you and asked me where my church was. I gave her the address and she said, "I am going to come and visit your church. Thank you and God bless you. This is so nice."
The same thinsg happened to Samantha and Yolande. Samantha had to tell one man over and over that he didn't have to give her any money. The man said, "So why are you doing this?" Samantha repeated our answer: we are just sharing a little love today.
The day was well spent. The feeling we got from doing these random acts of kindness was amazing. It was awesome! We really loved it and will do it again.