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Northeast Times | October 18, 2021

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Acts Of Kindness: Arlington Church Distributes More Than 10,000 Childrens Books

Acts Of Kindness: Arlington Church Distributes More Than 10,000 Childrens Books

First United Methodist Church of Arlington added a new chapter to its story of kindness recently by distributing more than 10,000 free books to children in the community.

More than 350 children participated in the Downtown church’s 10th annual Book Carnival. During the June 1 event, children received a tote bag to fill with books of their choosing and also had the chance to decorate t-shirts, have their face painted, enjoy hot dogs and snow cones and other family friendly activities.

“Ten years ago, we started this ministry with the goal of ministering to people living within a mile of our church and to get books into the hands of children for summer reading. We also wanted our community to know we are here to serve them,” said Mary Gibson, the church’s director of communications.

Each family also received a prayer patch and was provided information about the church’s various ministries, Gibson said.

The City of Arlington, which launched a Kindness Initiative in 2017, applauds First United Methodist Church of Arlington for working to make The American Dream City a kinder place to live, work, play and learn.

People are encouraged to report acts of kindness that they perform, witness or were the recipient of through the City’s Ask Arlington mobile app, on the Kindness Initiative web page, or by posting on social media using #ArlingtonKindness and @CityofArlington.