It's Been a Tough Week. Would Free Coffee Help?
There’s a saying that was recently found on the Internet. It says 'Coffee with a friend is like capturing happiness in a cup.’
With the recent news headlines from Ukraine, we all can use a little more happiness.
A lot of happiness could be found Friday morning in a small community in Crawford County. The United Evangelical Free Church of Guys Mills was giving out free coffee to anyone who drives up. Church members will be conducting ‘Free Coffee Fridays’ every Friday this month. Mike Peterson was waving in people from the highway in front of the church.
"I'm here primarily for the church to welcome everybody for free coffee. It's an outreach today in Guys Mills to just welcome anybody in the whole neighborhood if they're driving by to come in and get a free coffee today. It's a beautiful thing,” he said.
"It's pretty much our pastor's idea,” says Ernie Bernier, Church Elder. “He wants to do more for the community and I think everybody likes coffee first thing in the morning. So, he came up with the idea of having a Free Coffee Friday."
You can drive up or walk up to get your free java. Everyone is welcome. If you don't like coffee, hot chocolate is available. Everyone also gets a free cookie to go with their steaming cup of refreshment. What could be better on a freezing Friday?
"When it's 15 degrees out coffee's great. I can always use a little more in the morning when it's this cold,” said Doug Moorhead of Guys Mills. "I think it's a great thing for them to do this for the community and just have people stop by and say hello.”
Janet Marvin agrees.
"I can't do without my cup of coffee in the morning and I actually got up 15 minutes early to come and get a cup of coffee. I will be back next Friday,” she said.
Hopefully the world situation will be better next Friday. In any case, Ruth Amy and the other volunteers will be at the church sharing their cup of happiness with old and new friends.
"If you can be anything, be kind," Ruth said. "And if you can make somebody's day with a cup of coffee and a cookie or a hot cocoa and a cookie, you've done a good job.”
The United Evangelical Free Church is located on Route 198 beside the Guys Mills Post Office.
Free Coffee Fridays are held every Friday in March from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.