'Be Kind': Geneva family writes messages of hope on neighborhood sidewalk
"Be Kind." It's our family message, say David and Kali Holstein of Geneva.
With that message in mind, and to get a little fresh air, David and his son, Jackson, 3, took chalk and started to draw on the sidewalk in front of their home Sunday morning. When Jackson got too cold and went inside, David started to write messages of hope.
One after another.
He didn't quit until he reached his driveway. Eleven messages in all.
The messages of hope and kindness spring from tragedy just two years ago. That's when the Holsteins' infant son, Cohen, passed away.
To return the kindness they received, every year on Cohen's birthday, they take the day off and perform random acts of kindness throughout the community.
"We help load groceries into someone's car. We pay for the coffee for the car behind us. Just random acts," David said.
This year the Holsteins purchased a gift card at Nothing Bundt Cakes in Geneva and had the cashier swipe the card for customers purchasing cakes.
"People needed messages of hope at this time," David Holstein said. "We've seen more people walking around the neighborhood than ever before and I just hope this helps those who are struggling."