Story by Bryant Smith
The youth of the Southeast church in Cleveland recently had the opportunity to make a difference. Members Angel and Ed Howard discovered that many times police officers cannot take a formal lunch because of their duties. Wanting to help, Angel came up with the idea to deliver snacks to the officers. She mentioned it to fellow member Tonyia Williams who agreed the youth could participate.
On a recent Sabbath, Angel, Williams and a group of young people delivered pre-packaged snacks to Cleveland Police officers at the 4th District during the officers’ break time. The police force appreciated the snacks and visit from the group, and the young people expressed how blessed they were as well.
“Those on duty [who] miss out on taking their lunch break due to the amount of calls during their shifts spoke to my spirit, and I felt compelled to do something,” says Angel. “I immediately spoke with members of the church, and we began collecting snacks. I [also] wanted to involve youth so that they could experience positive interaction with the police.”