Community Service This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   Community Service

by D. H., Bethel, CT Community service is a very important activity. I think every student should be required to work a certain number of hours doing voluntary service.

Recently I worked at a soup kitchen for two hours. It didn't hit me until I arrived how many people are homeless and how many need food. I felt for these people, especially the children.

Before I went to the soup kitchen, I didn't know what to expect. How would the people act? Would they be snotty or gracious? When I arrived everyone scrambled in at once. I served them salad, pasta, a beverage and even dessert. After eating, each received a brown paper bag with two sandwiches in it (for dinner).

Working at the soup kitchen was an experience I will never forget. I have many things that I take for granted - a closet full of clothes, a warm and cozy house, and yet I'm always asking for more. These people don't even have a house to protect them from the winter. I wish everyone would have a chance to see what the less fortunate do not. It can teach you the lesson not to take everything for granted.

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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