Special to the Index
Danielle Weir, of Mineral Wells, was honored for volunteering over 100 hours during the last year. She traveled to Orlando, Fla., where she joined a group of 50 young people from Chautauqua Learn and Serve who together have logged more than 5,000 hours of volunteer work this year.
What makes this group special is that most of them have special needs. Instead of asking what others can do for them, this group instead joins together with others from around the world to fill a
need in their global community. So much so that they received an international award for service and worked hand-in-hand with a Nobel Laureate for one year.
Danielle was asked to join the group in Orlando and received a special award for her service in her local community. She and her cousin, AJ, are the youngest two to be honored. This is because of their tireless efforts to meet needs and volunteer where they live. Even though they are 12 and 11, respectively, together this dynamic duo have logged over 200 hours of service in their community.
When asked, they said it was no big deal. It is just something people should do. However the impact that these two children have is much more far reaching than they know. They are inspiring others to find something they can do in their community and to take action.
During the trip to Orlando, Danielle had the opportunity to work with some of the amazing young people from Chautauqua.
In the accompanying photo she is shown with one special gentleman named Ryan Nutt. Although he has a disability of his own, he not only works in the community, but also finds the time to give back and volunteer. He and Danielle had the opportunity to sit and compare notes with other young people. They just seemed to connect. Then they celebrated their accomplishments and spent a day together in Disney Epcot. It was an amazing day and offered them a chance to laugh and enjoy the day, before they return to their local communities and continue to make a difference.
When asked about what they have done, they merely replied "well it is not hard. Just find something you like to do and then stop thinking about it and just do it."
With this philosophy Danielle plans to work to inspire other young people to volunteer and make a difference in something they care about and hopes to give her generation a positive reputation.
Good luck Danielle and congratulations for all you have already accomplished.