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March 11, 2012

Pack provides needed volunteer energy

Boy Scout learns skills at same time

DUNCAN — Even at age 13, Alex Pack is finding joy in helping people he doesn’t know.

Pack has been volunteering his time at Christians Concerned, loading groceries into vehicles. While it started out as a community service project to earn a Boy Scout merit badge, Pack stayed with it when he discovered how much fun it is to help others.

“I was looking at the (Duncan) Toy Shop, but I was having trouble getting a hold of them,” Pack said. “This was my second choice, and it ended up being my first choice.”

Pack began helping the non-profit organization, Christians Concerned, in July. The organization provides food for low-income families, who may be unable to afford groceries. Some months, utility bills are higher or unexpected medical costs can arise and deplenish food funds a family may have.

Involvement in the organization was somewhat unexpected for Pack, who is a member of Boy Scouts Troop 4434. That’s how he became associated with the non-profit group. He discovered a passion for Christians Concerned.

Homeschooling allows Pack to fit Christians Concerned into his weekly schedule. He relishes going on the deliveries to homes.

“(I like) mainly seeing the look on the faces of people we bring the (food) to,” Pack said. “It’s the best part.”

Pack isn’t new to servitude. He’s been involved with Boy Scouts of America since first grade.

Now an eighth-grader, his goal is to become an Eagle Scout. He’ll soon start building benches at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center as his Eagle Scout service project. He is den chief for the Cub Scouts of Troop 4434.

The Boy Scouts organization has been a big part of his life. It’s led him to a connection with his community and with God. It has given him an opportunity to interact with children his age and to find ways to help others.

“It’s a bunch of good people in the same place,” Pack said. “It’s a good place to go and learn.”

His mother, Shelly Pack, said volunteering for Christians Concerned given Alex Pack a chance to interact with people and to respond to the needs he may not fully be aware of.

“Whether your kid is homeschooled or in public school, it’s important to know the needs,” Shelly Pack said. “He’s got it all.”

Through Christians Concerned, Alex Pack has worked with an older generation of volunteers. He said this isn’t as tough as it might sound.

“It’s easy for me,” Pack said. “I tend to get along with people who are older than me.”

Volunteering three hours a week has taught him many skills. He has learned to pack groceries. He has worked to develop and improve his people skills.

And he has found enjoyment in helping others.

“I just like helping people,” Pack said.

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