Lindsey Peterson has learned to enjoy saying, "I'll help."
The sixth grade Alta student, daughter of Brent and Lorinda Peterson, unselfishly gives up her own time to help others.
The Alta Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #6172 nominated Lindsey for the Outstanding Young Volunteers of the Year Award and received a second place state-wide award for her caring ways and concern for others.
"It makes me feel happy to do something for someone else," she said.
Lindsey has volunteered for a variety of duties at school - helping with the younger kids who take part in the after school program, helping with lunch-room duties.
She has been an active member of the Maple Valley Motivators 4-H club. "She is willing to help with club community service projects and has taken the initiative to plan and complete many individual citizenship activities," said Melissa Fahr, County Youth Coordinator. Some examples of the 4-H projects Lindsey has been involved in include helping with a cookie walk fundraiser for the Adopt-a-Family program, helping her club sew over-the-chair school supply organizers for the Alta kindergarten class and helping her club clean ditches with the Adopt-a-Highway program. "Her ideas and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated," Melissa continued.
Lindsey is a special helper to the ladies auxiliary. She has helped the ladies make cookies which were taken to the veterans hospital and has helped make several favors for the department convention.
A lover of animals, she volunteers her time at the TLC pet shelter in Newell and makes many visits to Wel-Life to see the residents.
The sixth grader has sold candy to raise funds for the Friends of Frosty program in Alta, which assists children needing winter clothing, and has along with her mom provided some clothing for the program.
Lindsey also does chores in the homes of some elderly friends.
"I like to help out in school because it sets an example for the young students," she commented. "It also brings me joy. It feels wonderful to do good in someone's life." She explained the enjoyment she gets from visiting residents at Wel-Life. "Their days grow brighter as I come to visit them. Every person is fun to talk to."
She went on, "Helping people is the best thing that you can do to make your life complete. Volunteering is like a special gift that we pass on through our lives, mostly from the little things you can touch a person's heart. And in the end, the one who gives, receives the best gift of all. It is the love, friendship and respect that you earn from volunteering."
VFW Auxiliary member Marie Michelson said the post was more than happy to nominate Lindsey for this award. "It's a way of saying thank you for her contributions and to let her know we notice and to keep up the good work. She is a great role model." Joyce Roling, president of VFW ladies auxiliary #6172 added, "Her parents have been instrumental in teaching her the meaning of the word, 'volunteer,' and she has learned well. She is not afraid to say, 'May I?', 'Can I?' or 'I'll help.' This, plus her ready smile and positive attitude, are real attributes."
Lindsey received a certificate and a monetary award for placing second in the state.