Pickerington Times-Sun

Churches join forces with acts of kindness

By MICHAEL HAYES
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A coalition of nine Pickerington-area churches joined forces Saturday, May 11, to bestow random acts of kindness and perform good deeds throughout the city.

The organization, called ACTS (Active Christians Transforming Society), deployed approximately 450 volunteers to more than 20 locations throughout the Pickerington area.

Donning distinctive turquoise T-shirts, participants cut brush and installed a playground in Sycamore Park, dispensed complimentary bottled water to passing motorists and gave people free car washes.

ACTS organizer Kelly Zimmerman said it was all part of a collective effort to bring area Christians together to impact the community.

"We want to bless our community while we glorify God," Zimmerman said.

She said this is the third year ACTS has mobilized to produce a tangible effect upon the community "with no strings attached."

"We've more than doubled (volunteers) each year," Zimmerman said.

"It's definitely a snowball rolling in bigger and bigger ways to bless our community," she said. "It's amazing."

Pickerington Service Department Manager Ed Drobina said the group put a noticeable dent in the city's to-do list.

"The ACTS day makes it possible for us to get several projects completed in one day," Drobina said.

"Without their assistance some of the projects would not get completed," he said.

ACTS focused a significant portion of its efforts on beautifying Sycamore Park.

"The city laid new stone at the covered bridge," Zimmerman said.

"We cleaned that area up, planted flowers and cleared brush along the walking path," she said.

"We cleared brush and removed dead limbs and branches to create a more beautiful area around the (Sycamore Park) pond," she said, adding team members were particularly excited to help "install the new playground by the tennis courts."

ACTS also encouraged area residents to beautify their own yards by randomly giving out thousands of seed packets and flowers.

Team members gathered at Violet Baptist Church Saturday morning to receive last-minute instructions before fanning out over the city for the six-hour labor-intensive endeavor.

Churches participating in the ACTS Day included C3, Grace Fellowship, Grace Lutheran, Harvest Christian Community, Peace United Methodist, Pickerington Christian, The Alliance, Trinity Family Life Center and Violet Baptist.

Zimmerman said ACTS will activate again in the fall to help the Pickerington Food Pantry and work on a "Stop Hunger Now" meal-packaging event."

As for last Saturday's event, Zimmerman is optimistic ACTS achieved its very simple goal.

"The world is full of darkness and we hope we provided a little light to someone's day," she said.

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