On Saturday, March 20, the first day of Spring, the Cornerstone church “sprung” into action for their Global Youth Day outreach program. This year’s Global Youth Day program was a joint event with the Cornerstone church and the New York Police Department (NYPD) Community Center of East New York. Together, they held a coat distribution drive. They embraced this opportunity to work together for the betterment of the East New York community.
It was a particularly significant afternoon for Sergeant Moses, the NYPD representative for the event, as this coat drive was the last event before her retirement. “Today’s event was wonderful when we had the NYPD working along with the Cornerstone SDA church and the East New York community,” she said.
For the coat-drive distribution, they received new coat donations from New York Cares, along with monetary contributions from Peter Tiboris and Christy Ely that were used to purchase hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and bags. In addition to those contributions, they also received more than 2,500 masks to distribute.
It was a blessing to see members of the East New York community stop by the tables to get what they needed. It was equally exciting to see the little children with their bags on their backs filled with the items they secured for themselves.
This coat drive proved that kindness counts! A little bit of kindness goes a long way. It was refreshing to see the kind gestures; the coming together, and hearing the kind words exchanged between the participants and the recipients.
Although they have been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a breath of fresh spring air experiencing the warmth of kindness and the outpouring of love. Special thanks is extended to Garnet Morris, Cornerstone church’s pastor; the Cornerstone church Youth department; the NYPD; the Witnessing for Jesus Ministry (ages 8-14); the church members; and everyone who contributed to the success of the event.
It is the prayer of the Cornerstone church members that they will be lights in their community doing whatever they can, wherever they can, to direct others to Jesus.
—Trevelee Rowe, youth leader, Cornerstone church