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Explosion of kindness during Love Cedar Valley weekend

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Some eastern Iowans may have been on the receiving end of an act of kindness. More than 40 churches, and hundreds of volunteers, took part in the fifth annual "Love Cedar Valley" event.

Some of the more visible acts took place in downtown Waterloo, where people handed out free lunch to folks driving by Lincoln Park. In 30 minutes, they succeeded in distributing 600 hot dogs, cookies, and bottles of water at that location alone!

Participants say, many of the drivers were a little apprehensive at first, but they appreciate the gesture by the time they pull away.

"Unfortunately, Waterloo is known for some criminal activity. Not real sure, not real trusting until we get their windows open and let them know this is for Jesus. This is because they are loved," said volunteer Liza Pinsonneault.

Pinsonneault is a member of Black Hawk County Drug Court, a program which gives its participants one last chance at life outside prison. She was arrested several times for possession of marijuana. Thanks to the program she has a new outlook on life, and a closer relationship with her daughter.

Love Cedar Valley organizer Barbara McMahon says, Pinsonneault is the perfect example of God's love at work.

"I would hope they understand the kindness God gives to everyone. And we are hoping that happens for our clients today too, that they will understand what God did for them and it's just a good day to give back to the community," said McMahon.

Another group of volunteers handed out heart-shaped balloons -- they even stopped by KWWL. Other activities included installing a tiled mural at the Boys and Girls Club and cleaning up area parks.

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