Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson is the spotlight this week for our Ordinary Teens, Extraordinary Things series. Read on to learn more about Jack and his dedication to service in our community.

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Service Involvement:

During the school year me and a few of my classmates volunteer at Holy Family Soup Kitchen. I also volunteer during the summer as a counselor in training at Indian Village, and outdoor education summer camp. I volunteer there for three weeks every summer.

What does service mean to you? How does your involvement in your parish and community foster a stronger relationship with Jesus?

To me, service means to do good deeds for others without them asking, and to not receive anything in return for what you have done. A few of my classmates and I volunteer at Holy Family Soup Kitchen throughout the school year.

Jesus preached that we should give to those in need, and by being more like Jesus and following his example, I am becoming closer to him. When I volunteer at the soup kitchen, I am humbled and grateful for what God has provided for me and my family. It ignites a desire to help those in need and bring them closer to God.

I also volunteer during the summer as a counselor in training at Indian Village, an outdoor education summer camp. I volunteer there three weeks every summer. Jesus taught people about the ways of God and how they can live a holy life. By teaching kids at the summer camp today, I can learn how to teach kids about God later on in life. These acts of service bring me closer to Jesus and help me to live a more holy life.

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