‘I love you and I respect you’—Grand Rapids man spreading love to strangers he meets

GRAND RAPIDS, me. – Charles Jordan decided in September 2020 that he had to do something to bring some light into a world that seemed to be getting darker by the day.

He’d choose to share a simple message with the strangers he’d met during his days – “Sorry … I know I don’t know you, but with everything that’s going on in the world right now, I want to just that you know that I love you, I respect you and if I have to, I’ll protect you. “

His idea was to bring just a tiny dose of humanity to every person he met in the hope that one day they might be inspired to do the same in some form.

“I have kids, so I didn’t want my kids to have to grow up dealing with things they’d dealt with before me. So I put my foot on the ground and ran, ”Jordan told FOX 17 on Friday afternoon.

He started filming some of his interactions to demonstrate the idea behind the movement he calls #LoveEndsViolence and posting it on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.

“When I started, I was very nervous … you got the butterflies in your stomach,” he explained.

“They don’t know how they’re going to react with everything that’s going on. You just can’t reach out to people these days.”

To his surprise, his straightforward message was well received by the people.

Jordan’s videos on TikTok have already garnered over two million likes, and other users have started repeating his approach to spreading friendliness.

“Everything I’ve been through … I haven’t always been proud of myself and proud of things I’ve done. But I can say that as of today I am more proud of myself than I have ever been in my 41 years. “

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