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Filling Up On Kindness

March 30, 2014, 9:55 PM by Brady Mallory

Filling Up On Kindness

Gas prices in America are more expensive now, than they have been in the last six months. According to AAA, South Dakota's average price for regular gasoline is $3.55 per gallon.

The uptick remains steady, and we could see them go higher, but a group is trying to make it a little easier.

Filling up tends to pump us dry.

"It's just a major stress for me," Adrienne Falor said.

Not today, because this story isn't about gas prices. 

Adrienne: Hi.
Group: Hi, we're from Shalom Youth Group and we were wondering if we could pay for your gas tonight, because…
Adrienne: Are you serious?
Group: Yeah.  
Adrienne: Oh my goodness.
Group: Jesus gave us the gift of salvation, and we'd just like to give you the gift of free gas. We'll pump it, we'll do your windows. We'll do it all for you.

"Thank you, guys," Falor said.

Adrienne Falor didn't expect this kind gesture from a group of teenagers, even though it's exactly what she had been praying for. Falor only had enough money to put in $15 or $20. Instead, these kids gave her almost $58 of comfort.

"I'm a single mom, and I have two little boys, you know.  Money is tight.  That was such a blessing," Falor said.

"She just said, 'you answered my prayers.' That just made me feel amazing. She blessed me, too.  It's a win-win situation," Kelci Kooistra, Shalom Christian Reformed Church, said.

Every third Wednesday, the youth group from Shalom Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, goes out and performs random acts of kindness for the community.  In this case, they pick a gas station, and offer to pay the fuel bill for whoever drives up.

Brady: What is the point?
Group: We're just doing random acts of kindness.

In this day and age, it's easy to be skeptical when someone is being nice to you.

Brady: You just come to fill up your tank, and you get this big surprise.  What did you think about that?
Adrienne: Well, I thought they wanted, you know, some donation. You know. That's what I thought. It surprised me.

It's not surprising either that these kids all volunteered to be here. They say they learn more by actually doing good things in the community...instead of only reading about them in Church.

"It makes me feel like God really wanted us to be there, and really wants us to work in their lives. It really just warms my heart to know we made their day," Zach Reitsma, Shalom Christian Reformed Church, said.

On this night, the group filled up five tanks. But for Falor, it's not about the price these kids decided to pay at the pump.

"It's that first step.  Approaching someone and seeing what's going on in their life and just lending a helping hand in anyway," Falor said.

That sort of kindness is priceless.

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