Kindness follows after swastikas were carved outside assisted living center

A rabbi tells us in his 13 years in Westminster - he's never seen a public display of hate like this. But people's kindness may restore faith in humanity.

WESTMINSTER - Whatever faith we may have lost in humanity after someone carved swastikas in the concrete outside an assisted living center in Westminster has been restored by the kindness that followed it.

On April 11, someone took the time to carve a couple of swastikas in some wet cement outside Greenridge Place Memory Care Center, clinical director Candice Young said.

(And no, the center’s staff don’t believe that it was specifically targeted by the swastikas).

Westminster firefighters were driving by when they saw the swastikas from the road. They pulled over and smoothed them out by hand, she said.

And that would be heartwarming enough, really. We could say something about how not all fires the department puts out are made of flames.

But the story gets better.

Rabbi Benjy Brackman of Chabad in northwest metro Denver stopped by the center Friday to deliver “loaves of love,” or loaves of challah bread.

“This is the first time in my recollection we’ve had a swastika incident in the city of Westminster,” he said. “I felt that response was necessary and I had to say something.”

It’s a way to let those who live at the center know that there are those in the community who care for them and will speak up for them, he said.

Or as Young put it, “We’re seeing random acts of kindness still, so in the end we win.”

© 2017 KUSA-TV


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