This past Monday, a group of college students in South Carolina helped out at a place that really needed it:
Volunteers in West Columbia spent their afternoon cleaning and sorting medical supplies at The Good Samaritan Clinic, a free facility that serves the Hispanic population.
“We’ve been moving filing cabinets, helping with magazine racks and cleaning up,” says Kelley Freeman, just one of the many volunteers.
Participants feel they are doing their part to improve the community.
“While what we’re doing here may not be on the same scale as Dr. King’s work,” Dustin Tucker reflects, “It’s still getting people out in the community, and it’s getting something done. That’s what we need to see more of in the world.”
There’s one sentence in the article, though, that stood out to me:
The students involved are no strangers to good deeds. The majority of them at the clinic are members of the Pastafarians, a non-secular [sic] service group.
In the words of [organizer Michelle] Trojanowsky,” The particular purpose of our group is to allow students to participate in their community and perform community service without needing to have a religious affiliation. We like to provide an avenue to get out in your community and do go simply for the sake of doing good.”
Atheists doing good without a god. It’s so easy to volunteer like this, yet we don’t do enough of it. Kudos to anyone who participates in service projects like this one for giving us examples to follow.
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