Rochester Spirit Days event kicks off, showcases community engagement

Devin Martin
Created: October 16, 2020 10:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) - 2020 has been a year like no other, and in Rochester, the city is coming together for an event called Rochester Spirit Days. 

As with most things in 2020, the kickoff event was virtual on Facebook and streamed from the Berean Community Church.

One speaker after another said the same thing, now more than ever, the community needs to come together to heal.

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton said this Spirit Days event has a long list of sponsors including Channel One Food Bank and the Salvation Army to combat homelessness.

But having people going out of their way to be nice to people is what the event is really about.  Because this was all virtual, technology gave the mayor's comments a video delay, but the message is clear.

“With love in our hearts and a smile on our face, even that task will work wonders for people who are lonely or depressed or are struggling. That smile, a good to see you, have a nice day can really mean a lot,” Mayor Kim Norton said. 
 
And through these tough times, one speaker says when Rochester thrives, the people thrive.

“When the city and its people are at its best, the spirit that dwells here is evident. It's one of caring and lifting one another up.  It is a spirit not of I, or what's in it for me, selfishness, but rather it's a spirit of selflessness,” Spirit Days Team Member Paul Larsen said. 

Friday's event included music performances from Lourdes High School marching band, Choral Arts ensemble and a local jazz duo. 

Spirit Days goes until October 25, click here for a list of events.


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