The reason I decided to go to St. John’s University was because it has an excellent Pharmacy program, but mainly because it emphasizes the fact that it is Vincentian. St. John’s encourages all students to give back to the community as much as they can, whether it is donating to the less fortunate, or simply helping hand out food to the homeless. I finally experienced what it means to be Vincentian, when I did my ASL service at the Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavat Achim.
I went the day before Thanksgiving; there were long lines and the food pantry was busy. Elders and adults formed lines trying to get whatever they could for Thanksgiving. The pantry was giving out potatoes, carrots, onions, turkey, cereal etc. Even though the pantry was busy and tight, I didn’t mind, because seeing the smiles on these people’s faces made it all worth it. Many of them had children in carriages and others next to them; you can tell that they were eager to receive all the help they could.
Everyone there was so sweet and thankful to have us help. The Rabbi kept telling the volunteers to come again because they need all the help they could get. Overall I enjoyed volunteering at Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavat Achim, it was an experience I’ll never forget. I hope sometime during my winter break I can go back and help out again.