For some people, doing the right thing seems to be commonplace rather than a random act of kindness.
Such is the way of Joseph Voight, a junior at Nevada Union who has made a point many times to give back to the community, and recently distributed 25 Easter meals to struggling families, as part of his Eagle Scout project.
“I needed to think of a way to help out the community and I know people are struggling and I thought what better way to help than feeding people?” Voight said.
The families picked up the food at Interfaith Food Ministries, which hosts free meals to those in need every month.
The baskets included ham, potatoes, bread, marshmallows and fixings for an Easter meal, said Voight, who also put together baskets with candy and toys for children.
“The kids’ faces was the best part of it because they were so shocked, and one kid gave me a candy to keep and it really touched me and was awesome,” Voight said.
The Easter baskets were not the first time Voight worked hard to help other people.
He has also donated books to the Heart of America Foundation, coached football to younger students, and raised money for research.
Voight also wrote a children’s book about Alzheimer’s, a condition his grandmother was inflicted with, at the age of 11.
“My grandma came to live with us, and we went to the library and there were no books for kids, so we just kind of sat down and wrote it,” Voight said.
The publishing process was no easy feat, Voight said, and he realized even at a young age the fortunateness he experienced to have the opportunity to actually get the book published.
“I read that even the most famous authors send in their manuscripts and have hundreds of thousands of rejection letters, and I got that too, but one day I got a call that said, “I’m going to publish it. I guess it was like a dream come true.”
Voight said helping people has always been his mission and goal, which serves as a mutual benefit situation.
“It’s just about doing the right thing,” Voight said. “It makes you feel good because you’re helping out and you’re helping others and it’s fun.”
Voight said the community, his parents and friends really helped him along the way to gain donations for the project. He especially wanted to thank his best friend Amani Senegal, who donated his time to help even during spring break.
“It’s just been amazing to help out,” Voight said. “It’s a small thing to some people, but it’s a big thing to me.”
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