Olathe church “serves in the snow”

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Some parishioners at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe are taking time to serve their neighbors and others in a cool, but simple way.

"Yeah, it's kind of wonderful. Not surprising at all because there's a lot of different ways that our parish can serve our community," said the congregation's Children's Pastor, Troy Snyder.

This week Pastor Snyder challenged his church to reach out and help out their neighbors and others in need following Tuesday's big snow storm that blanketed the metro area.

Just hours after the storm, hundreds of men, women and children from the Johnson County church sprung into action. They picked up their shovels and started clearing sidewalks and driveways.

"It makes me feel good that I can help people by doing something petty simple , by just shoveling their driveway, helping them out, " said 12-year-old Kayla Hazen, who along with her Dad, her two sisters and a few neighborhood kids, cleared lots of paths in their area.

The good Samaritans say their good deed gives them a chance to exercise their faith, but that's not all.

"This is also one more way for us to get a chance to know our neighbors a little bit better," said Mitch Hazen.

Deb Clegg, the church's Early Childhood Directors and a mother of two, watched her neighbors' kids at her home. Clegg kept the little ones busy with lots of fun and games and plenty of treats to munch on.

"I enjoyed it. I think it's fun to get snowed in and stop and notice the people around you, " said Clegg, who's preparing for another busy day Thursday when her kids and their new-found friends will be home enjoying yet another snow day.

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