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When neighbors in a Michigan community were annoyed over a paperboy’s car making too much noise early in the morning, they had a choice. They could file a noise complaint with the police, or call the Newspaper and get him fired. Instead they decided to help out someone in need. The paper boy’s car had a big hole in the muffler and he couldn’t afford to get it fixed. The community decided to show him ‘the love of Jesus’ and raised $300 to fix the muffler. It was then that they learned that the young man’s mother had recently passed away. When they learned that the community came together to help the young man again. The community fixed the muffler and some other issues with his car, as well as offered to help him get his GED. Mike Gruppen, a resident who helped collect the money said, “We had already made the decision to help him out before finding that out, and that just added to the story.”

—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Zeeland neighborhood bands together to help paper boy,, Accessed December 30, 2014.

Colossians 3:12 (HCSB) “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,”

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