Volunteering for a Good Cause

In today's fast pace society, it often seems that people rarely find time for extracurricular activities, let alone time to volunteer.  On the flip side, people may want to volunteer but do not always know who or what organization they would like to help or where to begin looking.  From a personal point of view, I have had the opportunity to volunteer for many organizations but the one I am going to tell you about today is the American Heart Association.

The first week of February is an exciting/busy time for the American Heart Association because they are gearing up for national wear red day, which was on February 4th this year.  To help spread the American Heart Association’s message, Emily (Miss Teen ND) and I were interviewed on the Country Morning show for KFYR, the Bismarck Tribune, and on national wear red day, we volunteered at North Dakota’s State Capitol to help inform others on how and why it is important to help fight against heart disease and sign people up for the “Go Red for Women” Campaign. 

I had the opportunity to meet many fascinating people and not only was I able to inform others, but in addition many people stopped by the booth at the Capitol to share stories of how they or a loved one had won/lost a battle to heart disease.  Needless to say it was a 50/50 trade-off and I am grateful that people were willing to take the time and share a part of there life story with me.

The week was full of many exciting activities and brand new experiences.  I feel proud that I got the opportunity to represent the American Heart Association as well as be part of the “Go Red for Women” Campaign. 

I encourage everyone to take the time and volunteer, even if it is just for a couple of hours.  It might not seem like much to you, but I can guarantee that for someone else it will make a world of difference! 

Yours truly,

Stacy Schaffer
Miss North Dakota International 2011 

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