Jesus lovingly helped all of those who needed him and we should do the same. My wonderful school, St. James Cathedral School in Orlando, has many trips that give us the opportunity to answer this calling.
On February 2, the 7th grade class volunteered at “Clean the World.” They worked with soaps, lotions, conditioners, and shampoos collected from hotels and other places that hadn’t been finished. They sorted them into different categories based on how full each container was. In fact, they sorted about 35,000 bottles altogether. My sister, a 7th grader who volunteered, said it was a great experience and she knew this would help make a difference. It made her very conscious of how many people in the world cannot even keep themselves clean. The 7th grade class realized how important it is for someone to have good personal hygiene.
On the same day, the 8th grade class volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank. At the Second Harvest Food Bank, we helped to prepare meals, sort meats, sack potatoes, and more. My group sorted enormous crates of sweet potatoes into individual bags for families in need. As a result of our diligence and motivation, we managed to finish about six large boxes of potatoes. This truly made me realize how blessed we all are because none of us have ever gone hungry. We have all been fortunate enough to have food on our tables since the day we were born. This trip made me realize how many families a day do not have enough food.
Furthermore, volunteering at places like these opened our eyes to the sad reality. We can achieve much as a school and Parish community. God gave us gifts that enable us to help others to the best of our ability. Together, we can make a positive impact in the world.
Article written by Daniela, 8th grade student at St. James Cathedral School in Orlando.