“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
Helping others provides a feeling like none other. Four years ago, I ventured out of my comfort zone and learned the feeling of helping others. When I was scared and closed minded to aiding others in need; I knew I had to be brave and face my fears. I had to insert myself into a situation were I would learn how to help others. My family’s church, four years ago, started participating in a program that provided temporary housing and education for homeless families in need. My family and I found this program quite interesting and we decided to participate. We began to go to our church every three weeks to provide food, blankets, and company. My first time participating in the program was a very moving experience for me. It was Sunday night; my brother and I were sitting in the chapel of our church awaiting the arrival of the family. My parents and a couple other members of the church were scrambling in the kitchen trying to prepare the food. They were talking about the family’s story and my brother and I happened to overhear them. The family’s story was quite devastating and I was quite taken back by it all. When the family arrived my brother and I buddied up with a six-year-old boy, we spent the whole night playing tag, telling jokes, and most importantly: laughing and smiling. The feeling of helping a person in need was truly incredible and as the night concluded I got a sense of what life was really like away from my home. I realized that the life I posses is truly a blessing and is quite unrealistic. Most kids aren't fed a home cooked meal every night, treated to adventures abroad, and most importantly, not all kids have a roof to protect them. I decided right then and there that I was going to make the ultimate stride to help others. For me, it only matters that I discovered the feeling of helping others and I know how important it is to be grateful for what you have in life.
Hi! I’m Sam Breault! I’m 15 and I attend the Fenn school.