Thursday, April 21st, was "Tea Party Flash Mobs of Kindness" day. The Lehigh Valley Tea Party was out in Easton giving away 50 bags groceries to random strangers in the area of Ferry and 2nd Streets. People who took the groceries were in complete surprise. A lady slowed her car, driving past the group I was in, and said to me, "This is a wonderful thing your doing. Thank you". I was amazed at her kind words. A few people declined our offers, but most were more than happy to accept our gifts. Another women offered to pay $10 for the bag of groceries she had received. One recipient said, "God Bless You" to Anthony Campbell as she started to look through the bag. He smiled as he walked away because he heard her say, "Praise the Lord". The experience today was phenomenal.
We then went to Gracedale Nursing Home to give 30 residents a surprise. The residents loved their gifts. The one resident named Emma, started to cry. One of our volunteers had made her day by going in, with the bag, and greeting her. He pulled out and showed her everything that was in it. Then hugged her. It was truly a blessing to watch. This is the scene that played out 29 more times and I am sure that we were able to bring a bit of sunshine to the elderly population at the home. All of the bags we distributed came complete with a note that said, "From your friends in the Tea Party."
The experience was truly amazing and made me feel better about myself. It showed what a truly caring organization we are. I know that we have done good for the community. We cared enough to make someone's day better, maybe even their month. Doing good for people truly makes you feel wonderful. Our community needs more people who will do this. I believe the LVTP should do this more often. There is so much that we can do to make a difference in the world and show that the Tea Party is a force for good. The true reward was to see that person smile and hear that happiness in that persons voice. I believe that today, we did restore some peoples faith in mankind. We won't really know how much good we can do for a person until we actually do. We need to demonstrate to the less fortunate that they don't need to rely on government for their comfort, support and wellbeing, and that the community at large, and the Tea Party in particular, will be there in the tough times now and in the future.