‘Just Serve Fall Family Festival’ encourages kindness and community service

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – On Saturday morning, the tables set up inside the gymnasium of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were more than just a stand – they were stepping stones for service.

“It is a special and warm feeling in my heart to be able to serve someone else,” said Donna Wright, who is on the Just Serve Committee for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It is this feeling that local leaders want to give to others.

Each table set on Saturday was part of “Serve just“, an online service linking volunteers to different organizations.

Yet rather than staying online, Wright wanted to bring people together in person.

“[The organizations] could come and meet face to face and meet people face to face who are looking for a way to do something better with their lives, ”said Wright.

Like volunteering with South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity, for example.

“It’s basically a collective group of people working together to make sure the family is housed and it’s theirs,” said Jennifer Pickett, Volunteer Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity in South Hampton. Roads. “It’s important to be here because it would be zero point. Home is where it all begins, and with the help of other members of the community, that’s where home can always be.”

The idea for the event arose after Relief Society, a church women’s service group, received a People Taking Action Award for making quilts for those in need.

“It was so wonderful to have someone notice that we were doing this that we want other people to also notice how they can help,” Wright said.

So, on Saturday, families and people of all ages got involved, asked questions and made a little more space in their hearts to give back.

It’s an example that when we lean on each other we can make a difference.

Click here to access Just Serve and find other local organizations to help you.

Norma P. Rex

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