Abigail Jacunski, 13, of Colchester, Vt., an eighth-grader at Mater Christi School, participated with her church youth group in two fasts to help feed the hungry, a service mission trip to address several local needs, a "sleep out" to provide mosquito nets for Africans, and a project to make bicycles available in third-world countries. "My youth group leader was a huge inspiration to go out of my comfort zone and try to help people," said Abigail. "I feel that doing volunteer work is important because that is how you make the world a better place."
Abigail took part in two 30-hour fasts to raise money for World Vision, and during the fasts, bought nutritious food for low-income families, made sandwiches for homeless people, and collected food for a local food shelf. "The most difficult part of the 30-hour fast was to put yourself in others' shoes and realize that a lot of people are hungry," she said. On her mission trip, Abigail helped make dinner for families at a Ronald McDonald House, prepare snacks for kids at vacation Bible school, and stuff envelopes for an urban ministry fundraising appeal. In addition, Abigail slept outside in an "Imagine No Malaria" sleep-out, and helped process bikes for a program that sends them overseas to people needing basic transportation. "What is better than helping another person?" said Abigail.