Acts of Kindness -- Mary Johnston

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Mary Johnston, 44, of Edison Park is a serial volunteer who spends her free time helping immigrants study for the U.S. citizenship test, volunteering at the North Park Nature Center and making crafts with seniors at a nursing home. "It feels good to help people, and I think it's just good citizenship."

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Finding ways to give back to the community can be a tough road to follow. Volunteer organizations never run out of employment vacancies, so you won't have to wait weeks or even months for a callback. The only drawback is that of course you won't be paid. My only advice is that one should approach volunteering with an open mind and a clear heart. Do not use volunteering as a conduit for venting your personal rage, fear or prejudices. It only hurts you in the end.

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