The word ‘angel’, as derived from the Greek angelos, simply means ‘messenger’. As a spiritual supernatural being found in many religions, and also in a secular sense, in modern Western culture, in the form of guardian angels, the angel has various tasks: to deliver messages, to minister to humanity, to save people in perilous times, and to guide humankind.
Christmas, though a time of celebration, can also be stressful for families as they embark on their annual shopping mission to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. This Christmas, a host of angels is coming to Earth at LynnMall Shopping Centre to help out weary shoppers, offer directions, hold doors open, and to commit other random acts of kindness.
The LynnMall Angels will descend on the centre between Wednesday 16 December and Thursday 24 December, from 12pm to 7pm. The angels will be easily identifiable with their glossy, feathered wings.
Spokesperson for LynnMall Shopping Centre Jennifer Manning says, “We are very excited to have our LynnMall Angels out and about to reward our customers and to show the spirit of giving and goodwill that Christmas is all about. We know our shoppers and store attendants will appreciate and share the angels’ philosophy.”
Store attendants too will be under the angels’ watchful, benevolent eyes, and staff and shoppers alike may be rewarded for such random acts of kindness as pushing wheelchairs, carrying packages for over-burdened mums or elderly shoppers, giving exemplary customer service or simply giving directions to an uncertain stranger.
While doing everything they can to ease the stress on shoppers during this year’s Yuletide season, the angels will also reward the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ evidenced by the random acts of kindness they witness among mortals. The supernatural duo will be spotting shoppers who exhibit the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ with treats including sweets and gift vouchers to stores and cafes, giving kind but weary shoppers a chance to rest and revive.
Other ways to commit a random act of kindness:
• Helping carrying groceries or other shopping bags to a stranger’s car;
• Letting someone else into a space in the car park, or letting a car into the traffic.
• Clean up: if you go out for a walk, take a plastic bag and pick any rubbish you find on the way. It’s an act of kindness to the environment, your fellow citizens and anyone walking after you.
About LynnMall Shopping Centre
LynnMall has more than 120 specialty stores. The centre is situated in New Lynn, West Auckland and is a short drive from Auckland’s CBD. LynnMall caters to all needs and interests, with major retailers including Foodtown, Farmers, JB HI-FI, Bond and Bond, Noel Leeming, Postie+, Stirling Sports, LynnMall Lollipops Educare and Whitcoulls.