Serve Day produces act of kindness for Ambridge Area families

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 9:03 AM

Lao Tzu once espoused, “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

Ambridge Area School District was on the receiving end of an extraordinary act of kindness from Allison Park Church’s Ohio River Branch Campus earlier this week, when Pastor Thomas Manning made a donation of $1,349 to be credited toward outstanding student lunch debt in the District.

“This is such an amazing act of generosity and kindness,” said Mrs. Janet Gaffney, AASD Food Service Director. “I am so moved and grateful to experience firsthand the generosity of our community.”

The donation was possible due to the church’s annual “Serve Day,” where congregants focus on specific needs in their community and fundraise to help address those needs. Serve Day is sponsored by the Network of Hope. According to its website, the network is a Greater Pittsburgh nonprofit that promotes lasting change for communities and those experiencing hardship by enriching and equipping individuals and families in crisis and then empowering them to give back to others in need.

In a letter accompanying the donation, Pastor Manning said it is the mission of Allison Park Church to change the world, one life at a time. “One important way we believe in changing the world is through the next generation. It is important to us that no child is ever in need, and that every child knows hope and love.”

This is the second year in a row the church has made a donation to the District during its annual Serve Day. Last year, Mrs. Gaffney said the church provided the District with numerous “back to school kits” for high school teachers.