Walker Johnson of Cabot, the son of Chuck and Jennifer Johnson and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been doing service projects for his birthday for a couple of years.
His mom, Jennifer, said, “We want our boys to learn that there are always those that are less fortunate than us and we need to reach out in our community to help and show our support for others.”
After his parents had discussions with him about how there are children who do not have what he has or get to do the things he does, Walker decided he wanted to help.
“It makes me feel great to help others because they are in need,” Walker said. “It’s the right thing to do.”
His first service project was with CASA a couple of years ago. He collected donations of toys, clothing, and money to help children.
This year he had a birthday party where he invited every child from Primary, the children’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were asked to bring donations for “A Veteran’s Best Friend” instead of presents. A Veteran’s Best Friend is a local Christian non-profit organization that trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD at no cost to the veteran.
“We try to teach them to follow the example of Jesus and help others,” Chuck said. “We are so proud that he is willing to give up ‘stuff’ for himself in favor of giving to those in need.”
The church meets at 1 p.m. every Sunday at 6110 T.P. White Drive in Jacksonville.