Spreading Holiday Season Cheer as a Volunteer

The holiday season can be hard on different members of a community. For example, North Dakota high school senior Kailey Weigel noticed that some of the residents in her town’s senior living center don’t receive many well-wishes or gifts since they don’t get visitors. In order to spread some of her own holiday cheer, she has organized the delivery of care packages with handmade blankets, baked goods, and a holiday card.

Weigel, who has already received her certified nursing assistant license, was recognized as the MDU Resources Group, Inc. Teen of the Week and is poised to receive the Barbara James Service award for 100 health field–related volunteer hours. For Weigel it’s not just about serving during the holidays, it’s a year-round commitment. She says, “I absolutely love the residents … They really like music, so I go there occasionally and play piano, or do puzzles with them or color. Just talking with them, I feel, sometimes makes their days better.”

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