Alternative Winter Break Giving Whatever You Can

By Sharon Schoenfeld
Samara (center) at Lantern Light

Today was the best day I’ve had so far during this trip. I volunteered to go to Lantern Light, which is a place where facilities are provided to the less fortunate people of this community. As we toured the whole place, I realized how thoughtful this place actually is. It has bathrooms, food, doctors, lawyers, and other important things available to the homeless and less fortunate people. It made me feel so satisfied that this amazing place exists in our world of less privileged people and unfair opportunities. We met this homeless man who I do not know his name, but I wish I did because from one simple act of his, I learned such a big lesson. He was given his lunch, and then asked us if we wanted some of his food. This act of kindness and generosity struck me because this man was willing to give all that he had, even though he had so little for himself. Going to Lantern Light taught me so much about how important it is to live life grateful for what you have and to always be willing to help others in need.

~ Samara Kleinman – 10th Grade, Guaynabo, PR

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