It was the second annual Love Matters Most and the energy was high as students, faculty, community, and hospital leadership and employees gathered to start the day of service. This year the event focused on mental health issues and brought in guest speaker Dave Gamache from Ambassadors of Compassion to talk about the growing epidemic of youth losing hope in our society and ways we can work together to make a difference in these lives.
Prompted to get up and cheer as loud as possible, because “Love is Loud”, the energy grew until finally it was time to get into groups for projects. Holding up signs, leaders led their groups to buses and vans and headed out. With some going to paint, others filling wellness kits, and some going to grocery stores asking for food donations to fill pantries around town, each group served in their own way.
From preschoolers to community volunteers and leaders, each had an important role to play in making the Love Matters Most day a success. For this to be an annual event that represents the best of what we as Christians can do for those around us, we must come together with smiles on our faces and God in our hearts ready to serve others. And there was no shortage of smiles, even paint covered and tired, wide grins could be seen on all the volunteer faces. In bright orange tee shirts, these volunteers from all over the metro Denver area were an example of what God has asked us to do for even the least of these, shine his light to all the world.
Love Matters Most is hosted by Mile High Academy, Castlerock Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital and Porter Adventist Hospital and organized by South Denver Metro Adventist Hospitals.