“Me and my colleague surprised three people (in person) and they were really surprised. It’s been really fun,” said Lakota East Freshman School student Demitrius Johnson.
The charitable strategy was the idea of Annie Droege, operations director of EDGE.
“It’s a random act of kindness for the Liberty Center shoppers,” said Droege.
And it was also one of the more visible signs of a partnership between Liberty Center and the Edge Teen Center.
The youth center is one of the local charities designated this month to receive funding generated from Liberty Center's parking meter program, which uses proceeds to assist local groups on a rotation basis.
Brenda Yablonsky, a member of the Edge Teen Center board of directors, said, “this effort is also a way for our teens to do something nice for Liberty Center, who has been so supportive of Edge Teen Center. We were selected as one of the recipients of the Liberty Center Foundation’s 2016 Change for Charity Program.”
Bre Wolterman, of Liberty Twp., paused from her shopping and said the teens’ charitably left her impressed.
“I think it’s awesome that high schoolers are doing acts of kindness and it’s always good to put that out into the world,” she said.
Jude Glen, a ninth-grader at Lakota East Freshman School said, “it feels pretty great to do this because not many people know we are doing this.”