Humble and Kind

(Photo Credits: Erin Kelly)

by Logan Sherwood

Whenever a student walks into the community service office, Erin Kelly greets them with a squinty-eyed smile and a genuine hug even before they are able to get a full sentence out.

Erin Kelly is not only a confident sophomore, being a first year community service supervisor, but a humble one.

Erin is nothing shy of incredible when it comes to giving back but feels that “if I am incredible, people don’t realize it is the people I get to touch that are the incredible ones.”

“It is so simple,” Erin proclaims. “The littlest of things can change someone’s life.”

Erin has donated $100 to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and plans to go rebuild homes for two weeks during her winter break.

EK, as her friends call her, began her involvement in the community in high school. At age 16 she went to Costa Rica to build homes for underprivileged children. Back home in Clifton, NY, every Thanksgiving she would give dinners to those in need through a program called Equinox. And every Wednesday EK could be found at the Ronald McDonald House with her mother and Girl Scout troop cooking dinners for children in distress. Erin’s mother and mentor, Pam Kelly, was able to speak more about Erin’s volunteering.

It was as if Pam looked up to her own daughter, detectable through Pam’s tone and excitement. “We could provide a service for families who had kids in the hospital,” Pam said, “and the girls in the troop could relate because they were their age.” Pam was able to go on and on with me, a stranger on the telephone, talking about her daughter and giving back to others.

“She is someone I am extremely proud to call my daughter,” Pam says.

Pam taught her daughter Erin the importance of putting others before herself and according to Pam, “(Erin) learned that very quickly.”

Pam added, “There are so many things that can be done, everyone needs help somewhere, you just need to look.”

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