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Kickstart for service

TRL’s Lindsey Hughes shares accessible service organizations for students
Kaitlin Anderson
Many students look for ways to serve in the community either for required service hours or a personal desire. TRL’s Lindsey Hughes shares local service opportunities.

Although early February is not the typical time of year people choose to start focusing on serving others, why not start now? Whether you want to volunteer to connect with your community, show appreciation to others, or (let’s be honest), acquire some service hours under your belt, I compiled a list of organizations that I would recommend to other high school students to try out. 

All Community Outreach

The All Community Outreach (ACO) is located in Allen and allows children 12 and older to volunteer, and those 15 and older are allowed to volunteer without a parent. The ACO offers a variety of means to service within their program. Most popularly, volunteers can work in the food pantry, accepting, sorting and stocking donations. Additionally, the ACO encourages volunteers to help out during seasonal events, such as Thanksgiving and back to school events. The ACO also allows individuals or groups to hold “third-party” donation drives to allow community members to aid their donation process. 

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), located in Richardson, allows volunteers to pack meals for children around the world. The organization asks volunteers to fill out a reservation to pack, but they are always looking to bring in friends, families, churches, and clubs that want to serve. Plan to schedule a volunteer time about one month in advance. The only downside to this organization is the location, as Richardson may be too far of a drive for some; however, FMSC is well organized and is an uplifting service opportunity for all. 

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is popular for delivering meals to senior citizens, and this organization is always looking for volunteers to help their mission. They allow community members to donate their services in a variety of ways such as decorating oven mitts, cards and lunch sacks. They also ask volunteers to make care packages or blankets. If money or transportation is an issue for volunteers, you are welcome to participate in the remote means of service such as the card and bag decorating. This surely puts a smile on the recipients’ faces and helps Meals on Wheels greatly. 

City Church McKinney

City Church McKinney offers an array of volunteer opportunities, especially for youth willing to work with children. Like the ACO, they always ask for volunteers, especially during seasonal events, Popsicles in the Park(summer), Thanksgiving blessing boxes, and Christmas. City Church also asks for volunteers on weekends for Sunday services, engaging and feeding children. This location is relatively close to the community, but if transportation is an affecting variable, City Church accepts donations. 

Children’s Health

The last organization I wanted to share is Children’s Health. Not only is Children’s Health a great opportunity for NHS members creating blankets, children’s cards and busy books, they also allow volunteers to donate other items that some members might not be aware of. This includes Beads of Courage bags and Infant Lovies. This is a perfect fit for those not able or willing to drive and actively volunteer, but still want to give back and donate. 

While in-person service organizations continue to open back up, I encourage you to find places in the community that need your assistance. If you are interested in serving and want to try different organizations or you are not sure where to start, visit to find the perfect fit for you.

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Lindsey Hughes, Editor-In-Chief
Third time’s a charm, right? Well, let’s hope so because the 2021-2022 school year is the third and final year for senior Lindsey Hughes on TRL. With the inevitable senioritis already in action, Hughes hopes to skillfully perform the duties of Editor-In-Chief and keep this multi-award winning publication at its high standard. On the off chance that she isn’t in the newsroom, you could probably find Hughes playing games with her PAL, hanging in Eairheart’s room or working at Jamba. Hughes is a part of NHS and works as vice-president of COOL club. While she won’t admit it, Hughes loves the thrill of UIL journalism competitions, but her love for writing doesn’t stop there. She is working to hold a creative writing camp in hopes of sharing her love and passion with kiddos. Hughes will stop at nothing to put a smile on others’ face, whether it be through hand written letters or more popularly, brownies on “brownie friday.” With only one more year to enjoy high school, Hughes plans to make the most of it with her friends and family by her side.
Kaitlin Anderson, Graphic Designer
Beginning her fourth and final year on staff, senior Kaitlin Anderson is excited to finish off her final year with her favorite TRL family. After joining a journalism class in the seventh grade, Anderson quickly found an opportunity to express her creativity through graphics and has used her passion for it ever since. Outside of class, Anderson spends most of her time rodeoing or helping with FFA show cows. Most people consider rodeo as a hobby, but in her own words, “it’s a lifestyle.” She enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves overcoming challenges that life presents to her. She's eager to conquer her last year of high school and take on what the great world beyond it has to offer.

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