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We are most like Christ when we spread love and give. One veteran Gospel artist showed Christ-likeness this weekend and brightened people’s holiday in the process.

“Bless me, Kirk!” a woman shouted at a Bowie, Maryland Walmart store after GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Kirk Franklin announced he would be “blessing some folk.”

On Sunday, Dec. 20, the “Wanna Be Happy?” composer gave away Visa gift cards worth fifty dollars to holiday shoppers.

While in town for Evangel Cathedral’s annual Christmas Celebration, Franklin’s original plan was to purchase and distribute sixty free copies of his latest chart-topping Losing My Religion CD and also buy gifts, and groceries.

Once discovering the albums were not in stock, however, he altered his plans in favor of an impromptu gift card giveaway.

“Excuse me, ladies and gentleman, y’all might not want to leave. I got a blessing for a lot of people and I feel like being in the giving mood,” said the 45-year-old on a megaphone provided by management.

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