High school junior Isaac McFarland was startled to learn that many families in Shreveport, La., didn’t have enough to eat, and that food banks and shelters were struggling to meet the needs of the hungry. The 16-year-old, who works on his family’s cattle ranch near Shreveport, decided to help.
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Israel Idonije has a reputation as a versatile, hard-hitting defensive end and tackle, most recently with the Chicago Bears and previously with the Detroit Lions. But the 10-year NFL veteran’s truest love is far less public – community service.
After a fire ravaged a forest near his community of Grants Pass, Ore., in 1988, longtime volunteer Ross Roe had a moment of inspiration. Why not recruit Boy Scouts to help replant the trees? The youngsters would learn the fundamentals of tree planting, and the forest would benefit from the good deed.