Spreading love in South Dundas with 'random acts of kindness'
News - June 13, 2012 Edition
SOUTH DUNDAS —
Love South Dundas is an “endeavour by the churches to let (the residents of South Dundas) know we’re there and that we desire to minister to them in any way we can,” said Reverend Duncan Perry of the Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle.
Love South Dundas is a yearly event where churches of all denominations within South Dundas make an extra effort to become better known to the community at large and to offer the gift of love and kindness to everyone in South Dundas.
“We’re trying to let the community know that the church is still there,” said Perry, referring to the days long ago when the church was the center around which every community revolved.
Love South Dundas is a two-week long event, which is now in its fourth year. The event got underway on June 10th with congregation members being encouraged to go out and perform random acts of kindness.
A random act of kindness is defined as a selfless act done at random for a stranger for no other reason than to make that person smile. A simple example might be paying for a coffee for the person behind you in line at Tim Horton’s.
In addition to random acts of kindness throughout the two-week period, Love South Dundas has also made a yearly habit of spreading love and smiles through Baked Blessings.
On Tuesday, June 12th, service organizations in South Dundas were greeted by volunteers bearing baskets of baked goodness.
Also popular in years past, Love South Dundas will once again be holding a free car wash. For those interested, the car wash will take place this Saturday, June 16th from 9 a.m. until noon at the Iroquois fire hall. Along with the free car wash, guests will be offered a bonus of free barbecued hotdogs.
Capping it all off, on Sunday, June 24th the Love South Dundas event will come to an end with lots of free activities and free munchies for all who attend.
This final celebration will take place in Morrisburg at the Earl Baker Park beginning at 2 p.m. with bouncy castles and face painting for all the township children.
Then, at 3:30 p.m., juggler Bob Cates will begin entertaining the crowd.
At 4:30 p.m., a free barbecue will be provided complete with a selection of hotdogs, hamburgers, pop and water.
Finally, at 6 p.m., the ecumenical service will get underway in the big tent. Reverend Chuck Price will lead the service.
While the day’s events are free, organizers are inviting guests to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the local food bank. A drop-off station will be available and following the day’s events all items collected will be delivered to the Dundas County Food Bank.
The Love South Dundas message, from all of the churches in South Dundas, is simple, said Perry: “If they get to a place where they’d like a church or clergy, we’re there and they can contact any of us.”
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