Local group 'makes an impact' in the community
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A group from Masterpiece Church took to the streets of North Fort Myers to make an impact on Saturday through 'random acts of kindness'.
From handing out bottles of water in the hot Florida sun, to paying for load after load of laundry, the group touched the lives of many during their "Make an Impact" campaign on Saturday.
"Something so small can make somebody's day, something so small can change somebody's life around," said Rev. Jaime Taveras, Masterpiece Church.
Rev. Taveras said the group's most popular event was "Laundry Love," where the group paid for dozens of families to wash their clothes.
Unannounced and unexpected one of the Masterpiece Church members would walk over to a washing machine that someone was loading and begin shoveling quarters in the machine.
"God bless you, God loves you a lot. We're gonna pay for your laundry today," said one Masterpiece Church member as he paid for a man's laundry.
A small act, but members of the community were appreciative.
"He surprised me by doing my laundry, " said one man, "That'll help me out a little bit."
In all, the group says they paid for more than 50 families to do their laundry, a gesture that has many people wondering 'What's the catch?'.
"Well they literally were shocked -- like okay, what's the catch," said Rev. Taveras.
But the pastor told Fox 4 that there wasn't a catch, he says he got the idea after seeing what he says is too much negativity in the community.
"We gotta do something to flip this around because the community is seeing a lot of negativity they gotta know that there are positive things happening in the community as well," said Rev. Taveras.
Meanwhile, at the Bravo Grocery Store in North Fort Myers the group offered to help the elderly with their bags and lend an ear to anyone who wanted to talk.
"They need that voice to tell them that your life isn't a mess," said Bryan Gonzalez, Masterpiece Church member.
When asked why the church is doing this, Rev. Taveras said "we just wanna give [people] what God gave us for free, which is God's love."