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Acts of Kindness

Recently I was asked to describe one of our co-op classes, Acts of Kindness. I’ve thought about it and really want to do justice to the people that are involved. We have 2 classes, the older class and our younger class. They each contribute different ways, to show kindness and love.

Last semester our older class cleaned the church, worked in the flower beds, helped sort socks for a local clothing donation center,  baked for moms and teachers, and so much more. But today, I want to tell you about one project that hits close to home.

My grandpa passed away 5 years ago in the Hospice-house in town. The people that worked there treated us like family, they loved us, fed us, and made sure we had everything we needed. I decided when he passed away I would honor his memory 2 times a year, one way doing a random acts of kindness, and the other would be to donate a meal to the families with sick loved ones. When I shared this with the class teacher, she decided to make chili for the hospice-house.  While the teens were cooking, I explained to them what the hospice-house was for and how the meal they were cooking would be a blessing to the families there. I have to say, there were not many dry eyes in the kitchen that day. One young lady expressed it best. She said, “So we aren’t just helping them, we are extending the hand of Jesus to them.”

I walked out of that kitchen so humbled and proud of our teens in there.

Our younger class learned a little about the hospice-house also, they learned that sick people have family visiting, and sometimes it’s hard to leave and go find food and snacks. So their act of kindness that day was assembling snack bags for us to leave at the hospital and hospice-house. During the semester they also made door hangers for the food pantry boxes, crafts and cards for nursing home residents and cards for the military along with other caring projects.

They continue to do many acts of kindness, and I’m excited to see what they will come up with this semester. They are learning so much about life, love and compassion in these classes. It really makes me see things through the eyes of our younger generation. They have such big hearts, and they are happy to do “acts of kindness”, not because they feel like they have to, but because they want to. It is amazing to see their desire to help people.