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Robin Sampson, head deacon at the Capitol Hill church, packs bag lunches during the “Acts of Kindness” day.

Capitol Hill Hosts ‘Acts of Kindness’ Day

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Allegheny East Conference's Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C., holds various “Acts of Kindness” days throughout the year where they minister to the Washington, D.C., community in various ways. Recently, volunteers delivered food and beverages to those experiencing homelessness, while other volunteers delivered a hot breakfast to D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. They also distributed cards and prayed over the officers.

Another team packed 300 bag lunches for three shelters and Habitat for Humanity volunteers who were building homes in Southeast D.C. They also collected more than 150 cans of tuna and canned peaches for the Holy Name Food pantry.

During the church service, pastors prayed for uniformed first responders. This “blessing of the uniforms” honored those serving in the police and fire departments, as well as medical professionals. During children’s church, they created cards for hygiene kits for Thrive DC, a crisis-relief organization.

“‘Acts of Kindness’ days give our congregation an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in D.C. Going out into the community, actually seeing where people live, and experiencing the conditions increases our understanding and helps us become better servants,” shares Karen Hayes, Capitol Hill’s Community Services Ministries leader.

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