My Epiphany This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 20, 2010
As I hurriedly filled each box with two cans of peas, I implored the day to end. I was hungry, exhausted and just plain ungrateful. The only reason I had signed up to work at St. Mary's was for the community service hours. Those hungry families weren't seeing me sweat – they weren't even going to thank me. Why was I putting ­myself through this miserable torture? The only thing that got me through the day was having my friend beside me.

However, during my ­complaining and whining I suddenly realized something: there I was, anxious to get home and eat, while there were million of poor souls wandering the streets with nothing to put in their mouths. I thought my work was so slight it wouldn't even make a difference. Boy, was I wrong. Even the most menial job helps; my packing peas helped feed a couple hundred families.

This experience opened my eyes to a new world. The satisfaction I received from feeling useful cannot be experienced through anything else. I truly believe I have become a better person just through that simple act of volunteering. I am now thankful for all my blessings and I wish to help those that aren't as lucky as I am. I thank God every day for all the blessings I have. Volunteer and experience the joy of giving instead of receiving – I promise that it's the best feeling in the world.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Yuri B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm
I was touched by your story of volunteering at the food bank. Keep up the good work!
4thGrade said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 6:33 am
no act of kindness is ever too small. thank you for sharing your story.
M.Delic said...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 9:29 am
Greeeeeat jon, Nayeli!! I loooooooooove it. :)
M.Delic replied...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 9:29 am
job* Sorry. Lol
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