VALENTINE'S DAY PROJECT - PART II

These hands helped spread love. It was a challenging experience, but a rewarding one. 

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We arrive at the plaza around half past two, set up our station, and begin scouting for people to ask if they want to send a valentine for someone special in their lives. 

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Surprisingly, most individuals said, "No, thank you." It discouraged the four children, but after a small pep talk their spirits were brought back up again. They were back at it asking strangers to send some love. 

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Sometimes they receive a happy response, like this man. 

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Most of the time, it was a resounding NO!

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But they didn't give up despite the rejections. And I'm pleased they didn't because something beautiful happened.

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The girls spot an older gentleman sitting all alone. When they ask him if wants to send a valentine to a loved one, he responds - "I don't have anyone special in my life. Besides, I can barely write because I just had a stroke." After the girls report back this message, I ask them what they should do. Together they decide to give HIM a valentine instead of asking him to give one to someone else. They grab a valentine and write, "I hope you feel better. Happy Valentine's Day." To top it off, they select a hot pink carnation from our centerpiece and run back to him. After the present their little gifts, he proceeds to ask them their names. A few minutes of chit chat later, the girls say goodbye and God bless. 

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As they walk away, he crumbles to a heap, tears streaming down his face. Indeed, it was God blessed. ❤️