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Danielle Miller (back row, second right) and Kathleen Price (front row, right) appear among the Catholic Charities award winners

Every year, Catholic Charities awards young men and women across eight different counties of the Diocese with the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award. It is awarded to students who display a significant amount of service to others and especially invest their time in volunteering.

This award is designed to recognize those whose service reflects the spirit of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. ‘Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25: 35-36, 40

This year, BG students Kathleen Price and Danielle Miller were selected to receive the awards at the high school level. These two young girls demonstrate service that goes above and beyond what is required for their school's community service hours. To them, volunteering is about much more than obtaining hours, it is about their passion for giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate.

The first recipient, Kathleen Price, has performed over 200 hours of community service at UPMC Altoona. She has both a very busy academic and extracurricular schedule, but still manages to volunteer her time for her community. She is involved with causes she is passionate for and works with Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Hollidaysburg YMCA and the Teen Shelter in Altoona.

“She has displayed a true gift not only for compassion-in-action, but also for opening the eyes and hearts of others to the value of service to the needy,” Robert Sutton, Kathleen’s teacher, says when nominating her for the award.

Kathleen also manages to commit to her community even further by getting involved with the Mountain Lion Backpack Program, which provides packs filled with food to elementary children for the weekend when other resources may not be available to them. In addition to this, Kathleen has served as her school’s Student Service Coordinator to encourage other students to get involved monthly.

Danielle Miller, the second recipient, is an honor student who plays varsity volleyball, yet still devotes much of her time to charitable and volunteer work.

The director of religious education, Mary Haenig, who nominated her for the award claims in her nomination letter that “her love for helping others is nothing but amazing [...] She is always willing to help and is never without a smile.”

Danielle is mainly involved in Love Feast, an event that occurs four times a year and allows her to not only provide hot meals to hundreds of less fortunate people in the community, but also lets her spend time with these people, conversing and bringing warmth to their lives. She also volunteers with the Mountain Lion Backpack Program every Thursday after school, which further shows her dedication to giving back, helping others, and making the world a bit of a better place.

Both of these young girls embody spirit and devotion to service that many people should strive for. They are an inspiration and play a huge role in bettering their communities. At a young age, both Kathleen and Danielle are able to do God’s work for selfless reasons, and go above and beyond.