This weekend we had the opportunity to head out to the Shawn Engledinger Memorial 5k Fun Run. Pathway church puts on the event every year to remember one of their beloved pastors who passed on a few years ago. The event helps to raise money for the church’s various needs. This year the event helped to raise money for the church’s new location on Merle Hay Road. The money will specifically fund the children and youth rooms at their new location.
It was a great week of CityStops, and it started off with one of the most moving I’ve experienced all summer.
Thursday, I stopped by an awesome park lunch in Ankeny. First off it was really encouraging to see the community being served and being connected with by these great people, who gave their time and resources to give a free meal. Second, I connected with the family who had invited us out to the event, and was moved beyond words at how much the young daughter knew about Pulse 101.7, the artists we play, as well as the lyrics. It brought it into even clearer focus how much the music we play impacts those who listen, especially the young ones who are growing up on positive, relatable, awesome music they can enjoy and be encouraged by. Especially to see a young girl know these lyrics hit home, knowing she wasn’t being degraded or made an object, but encouraged to be a light, to grow up to be a pioneer, a woman respected, and that she is loved. Tears were already filling my eyes seeing this, and then seeing her go through our music guide with her father made it priceless. She knew the artists, and seeing them connect via our music… Beyond words I can express! So glad I got to stop out at that event!
Next, I stopped out at the Freedom for Youth Car Wash fundraiser. We love our friends at FFY and all they do for the youth in the Des Moines and surrounding areas. I definitely had to support their fundraiser, and they even gave the Pulse car a nice wash! It was a fun event, and I’m grateful to stop by and be a part of what they’re doing.
Finally, on Saturday, I had a fun CityStop at Dance-A-Cross! We’ve always enjoyed working with Chris and Susan Palso, and it was great to see them all again. To see the impact they’ve had on the West Des Moines community, dancing to glorify God and be a positive influence in the kids lives that come in means a lot. I was glad to be able to stop by and add to the fun!
We had a couple events this week and we thoroughly enjoyed stopping by each one!
The first was on Wednesday night for a car wash at Des Moines First Assembly off of Merle Hay. Our friends at Freedom for Youth were also there raising awareness for their ministry as well! It was a great night, we had a lot of fun playing Pulse music, and even put Pulse window stickers on some cars!
Next, we swung by Wildwood Hills Ranch on Thursday to cap off a great summer of camp. The kids were awesome to hang out with and we enjoyed being able to talk with staff and the excited campers during their free time. We’ll miss not being able to go down every Thursday, but we’re looking forward to next year!
Finally, we stopped out to “Inspired Locally Marketplace” in Valley Junction for their Christmas In July sale. The store is a place for local artists and crafters to sell their work and home goods. A percent of their proceeds goes to “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Des Moines” – Be sure to check them out! They’re located at 415 5th Street in Valley Junction, caddy corner to the post office!
The summer is not over yet, so if you’d like to have us out to YOUR next event, request your FREE CityStop today!