By Ashley Rader
Fourteen-year-old Alan Bowers has a heart for serving others.
In fact, Bowers enjoys helping others so much that he has been an active community volunteer since he was 8 years old.
He started volunteering by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army with his father Greg during Christmas. From there he moved on to work with the Angel Tree program.
“I don’t know what drew me to it,” Bowers said. “I just like helping people.”
He has rung the bell for the Salvation Army at the Elizabethton Wal-Mart and at the Ingles Shopping Center. He said the experience was not what he thought it would be.
“I hadn’t expected everyone to donate money like they did, but just about everyone who came through did,” he said. “I started there and moved on to the Angel Tree. I just wanted to do more. I liked helping.”
Bowers has helped with the Angel Tree kickoff, and followed through with the distribution when campaign has completed. His work has earned him, along with Caleb and Nathan Batchelder, the title of Angel Tree Ambassador.
He also helps with First United Methodist Church’s food distribution partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and other church programs. As if that weren’t enough, he also volunteers on Elizabethton Rotary Club projects, such as Habitat for Humanity.
But his favorite project is the food distribution through Second Harvest. He said that’s because he is able to interact with the clients more.
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