Starkville Daily News - - FO­RUM -

“It's great, it's them liv­ing out their faith,” said St. Joseph dea­con Jeff Ar­tigues. “I'm not good at ex­act quotes from the Bi­ble but it says don't just be hear­ers of the word but be do­ers of the word as well. This is us putting our faith into ac­tion.”

The gravel was pro­vided to the group at the Ok­tibbeha County Hu­mane So­ci­ety Mon­day, with their pri­mary con­tri­bu­tion com­ing in the form of la­bor. Seven youth mem­bers helped shovel and spread out gravel on Mon­day, but oth­ers will help dur­ing the dif­fer­ent projects through­out the week.

“I just love to serve the com­mu­nity,” said 17-yearold Joseph Chro­miak as he leaned on a shovel. “It makes me feel so great to know that I'm help­ing out and it's God's plan to help the less for­tu­nate and help the needy so I'm grate­ful that I'm ful­fill­ing his plan.”

This kind of man­ual la­bor isn't new for Chro­miak, who said he lives on a small farm where hard work is nec­es­sary.

He then rec­om­mended vol­un­teer­ing to other youth who may be con­sid­er­ing ways to get in­volved in their com­mu­nity.

“I would say go for it be­cause it's a great feel­ing be­cause you know you are

help­ing out the com­mu­nity for the bet­ter, which is great for the peo­ple and it's God's plan, so it's a great thing to do,” Chro­miak said.

Some youth mem­bers have done this week of ser­vice in years past, in­clud­ing 17-yearold Emily An­thony.

“I did it last year and it felt good to go out in the com­mu­nity and know you're mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,” she said. “And it's nice, I drive passed her ev­ery day on the way to work and I see peo­ple us­ing it.”

An­thony echoed Chro­miak, rec­om­mend­ing that their peers get out and find ways to make their com­mu­nity a bet­ter place.

“Don't be afraid to go out and do it, it al­ways does good and you're al­ways go­ing to help some­body, take an hour, go out in the park and pick up trash, go out on your own or even just do some­thing around your school,” she said. “If you see some­one throw­ing some­thing away on the ground, just pick it up.”

OCHS board mem­ber Karen Lilly then praised the ef­forts of the group, say­ing the shel­ter is al­ways grate­ful for any help it can get.

“We're just al­ways happy to have vol­un­teers here at the shel­ter,” Lilly said. “We need a lot of help, there are a lot of an­i­mals and a lot of work to be done, all year.”

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