"Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word
to another person." Mr. Rogers
This Christmas season we are inviting you to be a part of a new I LOVE SOUTH SIDE Movement that is being born. "GIVE PRESENCE 2019" is a movement this Christmas season to encourage each of us to be present in the lives of those around you.
It's true that doing a kind act for others will likely make you feel good! But did you know just observing an act of kindness can set a ripple effect of generosity into motion and make others significantly more willing to try acts of kindness themselves? Imagine if the south side of South Bend started some of the ripples and that grew into a movement that was seen not only on the south side, but in other areas of the city... the state... you get it! Let's create a movement that inspires others to GIVE PRESENCE... to be kind... and pass it on.
Be inspires to find something on our Christmas To-Do-List. The beauty of this list is that you do not have to have a lot of time, money, status or connections to make someone's day a little bit brighter. You just have to have the willingness to get out of your daily routine and maybe get out of your comfort zone to find a way to impact the lives of those around you.
We would love to hear how you chose to "GIVE PRESENCE!" How have you seen God moving through the commitments you've made for GIVE 2019? It's not about giving yourself "a pat on the back." It's taking time to see how God is using each of us to spread love and joy in our community. Submit your story here. We can't wait to hear how you are experiencing the MOVEMENT of God this Christmas Season.
"Command them to do good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."
1 Timothy 6:18 (NIV)