D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - This week a Biloxi church is showing how small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of others. As part of a campaign called Go Local, the congregation at the Cedar Lake Christian Assembly is taking on several community outreaches. On Tuesday students at Cedar Lake Christian Academy delivered gifts to local police and firefighters.
School children collected gift baskets full of treats to show police officers and firefighters how much they are appreciated.
"I felt like it was a great opportunity to go and show the people that they really help our community. They are honored to be able to do all these great things for us,." said Hannah Necaise.
Grace Sigman said, "It's a way to say, thank you to the people who help our community."
"They do all this great stuff for us and our community. So it's great just to give back to them," said Dallas Etheridge.
Students from Cedar Lake Christian Academy are taking part in a week long campaign to spread Christian love around the community.
"We put it together because our church is actually doing this thing called Go Local where we go out into the community just loving on people," said Aaron Valenti. "So the school is putting this together in conjunction with the church."
Principal Lisa Williams said the school wants to show students how to put their faith into action.
"It's about their character and reaching out to others and serving just like God has called us to do and that is part of what we are trying to instill in them," said Williams.
The first responders said they were deeply touched by the show of kindness and they were grateful for the chance to build stronger relationships with the children in the community.
D'Iberville Fire Chief Gerald Smith said, "Kids are always fascinated with the fire department, especially the big red trucks and like this ladder over here. A lot of these kids, if you'd let them, they'd climb to the top of that ladder."
School leaders hope to inspire young people to continue to be helpers in their communities for the rest of their lives.
Students also delivered gifts to Biloxi police officers and firefighters.