Many states and local entities, including businesses and places of worship, have already begun to put into place several processes to open their facilities in a tiered approach. Many schools and churches are currently offering food drives or options that offer virtual confirmation and restore hope in these uncertain times leagued by COVID-19.
St. Martha Catholic Church in Kingwood is offering hope through the Generosity Challenge. On Facebook and all social media accounts, this church body has issued a challenge to all local residents, whether a member or attendee of the parish or not, to respond on social media with videos and photographs portraying how they are providing generosity within the community.
Each day on Facebook, parishioners post a new challenge. Some of the recent challenges have asked local citizens to inspire others by sending a note to someone via snail mail, asking everyone to tell a co-worker/teacher/front-line worker how much you appreciate their sacrifices, paying it forward by random acts of kindness, giving compliments to everyone you meet, sharing a social-distancing recipe with a fellow parishioner, clean out a closet and create a donation bundle for when the ‘time is right,’ and showcase a photo of you caring for Mother Earth.
As one can see, there are so many ways to inspire good works and generosity in others while obeying the Stay-at-Home Order issued by Montgomery County that began March 19.
Father T.J. at St. Martha’s stated the following in the April 20 parish update in a compelling video, “Our God is good. We put our trust in Him. This is just one of many steps as we move toward opening our doors for general mass and group events.”
St. Martha’s is asking all local residents, whether a member of the parish or not, to post photos and videos illustrating generosity in the local community. Be sure to check out their Facebook page at St. Martha Catholic Church Kingwood for details on the daily challenge.
Residents are urged to not only post static photos but also inspirational videos that show the love of Jesus regardless of the need to remain virtual for the time being. All posts should not only contain social media but also be tagged with the following hashtags: #SocialDistancing #GivingTuesdayNow and #StMarthaGrowingTogether.
St. Martha’s urges you to think creatively and to find ways to spread the love of Jesus in both words and actions. Just be sure to adhere to the current social-distancing orders that are currently in place.
Some ideas of ways to spread kindness include placing a post-it note on your neighbor’s door, taking a friend’s trash can up to their house without recognition, writing a thank-you note, and more.