Special Friends - Alec Ferris

Every Wednesday night, I volunteer at the St. Cloud Children’s Home as part of the Special Friends program. This is my second year of volunteering, and I absolutely love it. As part of the program, the volunteers are paired up with a young kid currently living in the Children’s Home. We go into their cottages and play games with them. These kids sleep, eat, and play there, as well as go to school in the building. They don’t get a whole lot of interaction with the outside world while they are there, so they love to be able to have an hour to hang out with us. The volunteers walk in there with the purpose of trying to distract the kids from whatever family problems they are having, and just talk and hang out with them.

I love this program because it allows me to interact with kids that I know need support. Every child living in the Children’s Home is going through a tough time with their family, and It is amazing to know that I am making a positive influence in their lives. This program allows me to make a positive contribution to my community. This program is making our community stronger by giving high school students the opportunity to help children that need care and support in their lives. I have learned the importance of caring for others that I have no connection to, and being there for people that need someone to help them through a tough time.

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