sweetest day*

“Observed the 3rd Saturday in the month of October, Sweetest Day observance originated in Cleveland in 1922. Herbert Birch Kingston, a philanthropist and candy company employee wanted to bring happiness into the lives of orphans, shut-ins, and others who were forgotten.”*

With the help of friends, he distributed candy and small gifts to those less fortunate.

On the first Sweetest Day, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their service to the public.

Another popular movie star, Theda Bara, distributed 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals and also gave candy to all who came to watch her film in a local theater.“* Is that the beginnings of concessions at the movies? I wonder.

What began as a local observation in Ohio has spread to other United States. It, however, has morphed more into almost another Valentine’s Day expressing romantic love or appreciation to friends. I, for one, like its original intent and it makes me wonder if Herbert was a Christian trying to live out the Biblical principles as found in James 1.27 which says: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

How about you surprising someone today with a sweet treat? Better yet visit an orphan or a widow or someone else shut in. Regardless, if you have a treat in hand or not, the time you give to someone lonely will be sweet enough in their book.

A hands-on practical way to…

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*info according to https://theromantic.com/sweetestday.htm

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