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!