Family leaves messages of love outside vandalized church

Community rallies around vandalized church

A St Pete family is spreading the love after seeing a story 10News first reported Wednesday.

After seeing our story about a St Petersburg church vandalized with swastikas, numbers associated with a white supremacy group and “Make America Great Again”, two children and their mother came to the church with buckets full of chalk to scribble messages of love.

The Reverend at King of Peace Community Church says it is exactly what her congregation needs to heal.

Reverand Candace Shultis says the kids made her smile for the first time since Monday, when she discovered several hateful drawings scribbled on the driveway of her Historic Kenwood community church.

“It was a great feeling to see the children drawing unicorns and rainbows. When parents teach their children to love and to demonstrate that love in positive ways, that’s what it’s all about.”

The congregation is predominantly made up of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer) members and Shultis says she thinks that's why they were targeted. She quickly called police and scrubbed off the hateful messages.

Unlike the swastikas, which were washed off within 30 minutes of them being discovered, the congregation plans to keep the family's kind messages and drawings around for as long as possible. “Until the rain washes them off,” Shultis added.

The congregation, which has more than 300 members, has been a part of the Historic Kenwood community in St Pete for more than 40 years. 


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