Usually when people are holding up signs that say free car wash, it is taken to mean the car washers expect a donation to their cause once the car is washed.
But the group washing cars in downtown Milaca on Aug. 5 not only weren’t expecting any donation, but according to their leader, Chris Gitzel, refused to take any donations offered. “It’s not about money, it’s about loving God and loving people,” Gitzel said.
Gitzel is the leader of a group of mostly young adults from Celebration Church in Lakeville participating in one of the church’s Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Tours.
The young adults in these tours raise money beforehand for their tour expenses, Gitzel said while taking a break from washing cars. Gitzel noted that the tours have not only been around Minnesota but have also gone into Nebraska and Colorado.
Someone else started up the RAK movement many years ago and the church has been taking part in it now, according to Gitzel.
There is a connection between Celebration Church and Milaca in that Chris Gitzel’s father Robben Gitzel is pastor at Lighthouse Fellowship in Milaca. Youth and adults from Lighthouse Fellowship were also helping with the car wash on Aug. 5.
It doesn’t mean Celebration Church only selects places with connections for its RAK Tours, Chris Gitzel said. “Sometimes we make cold calls,” he explained.
Besides giving free car washes on Aug. 5, both the Celebration Church and Lighthouse Fellowship groups helped paint some of the picnic shelters, picnic tables and benches at Reineke Park in Milaca the day before.