Name: Madison Taylor Lear
From: Pembroke Pines, Florida
School: Pembroke Pines Charter High School
In March, our school’s Key Club organized an undergarments drive for the homeless population in downtown Fort Lauderdale. I always thought giving back to the community was an important role in play in our society considering not everyone has availability to the “normal” essentials. After all the donations had been collected, alongside 5 other students we set out to hand deliver them. My responsibilities as a volunteer included organizing and separating the materials by gender, size, and quantity. By placing them into these categories, it made it more accessible for everything to be equally given out. While, this being a satisfying experience because of the amount of smiles and gratitude I received from people being genuinely grateful for the efforts being put in to help make their life easier. One of the challenges I faced, as a volunteer was being able to distribute equal amounts of clothing to each individual. With such a large mass of people gathered, I had to recognize who had already received donations — at charitable events; there are still greedy, selfish individuals.
I’d hope to see more people participate in activities similar to this because it
helps to recognize the less fortunate individuals that live near us.
Change is like a fire in the sense that it starts with a single
spark, but spreads to start much more. I believe that this single
event; did just that. In the future, I’d hope to see a society
where people can do service to their community without the
expectation to receive to something in return for their good doing.