Volunteering comes naturally to young man with huge heart

Published 12:06 pm Monday, December 12, 2016

By KYLIE THOMPSON

Boyle County High School

Many students here at Boyle County High School have a love of volunteering and helping people. One student in particular takes volunteering above and beyond, especially at this time of year.

Freshman Myles Bell shared that his love for volunteering grew out of his love for Jesus. “On February 19th about two or three years ago, I got baptized.” Once baptized, he was asked to fill out a survey that would identify how he wanted to help his church.

Bell attends Lexington Avenue Baptist Church where he passes out bulletins every Sunday. He has been doing this for “at least a few years”, and his favorite part about this volunteer work is seeing and talking to all the people on Sunday mornings. 

Photo contributed Freshman Myles Bell shows his love of volunteering through passing out bulletins at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.

Photo contributed
Freshman Myles Bell shows his love of volunteering through passing out bulletins at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.

Another way Bell volunteers his time for his church is during the preparation of vocal solos that he shares regularly with his congregation. On this upcoming New Year’s Day, he will be singing “Blessed Assurance” and is super excited about the opportunity.

His talent for singing was discovered by his mom when he was very young. Bell explains, “I don’t get nervous. I’ve done that ever since I was really young, ever since I was four or five years old.”

Not only does he sing at church, but he also enjoys “listening to the radio and singing along”. He especially loves the Christmas music played at this time of year. Bell cannot pick a favorite Yuletide song because he loves them all so much; however, his favorite gospel song to sing is “Because He Lives”.

Bell even goes further than singing at this time of year. He also volunteers as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and has been doing this for many years now. He says he “loves seeing all the people and talking to them”. He and a friend, radio personality Charlie Perry, have made this an annual outing.

Beyond his volunteer work, Bell finds time to participate in activities that he also really enjoys.  On Saturdays in the spring and fall, Bell plays baseball in the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League for the Cubs. This league was created as an opportunity for children with special needs to be able to participate, regardless of their abilities.

And when he finds some free time, he enjoys spending time with his mom and watching ball games with her, especially University of Kentucky games!

Undoubtedly, Bell is a student with a huge heart who loves to give back to his community and those around him. His love for helping others and volunteering should inspire all of us to go out and do the same.