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A Selfless Teen Treats Former Service Members to a Home-cooked Meal on Father’s Day

June 23, 2014
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A Selfless Teen Treats Former Service Members to a Home-cooked Meal on Father’s Day
For father's day Kayla Waller wanted to not just treat her father, but also a group of veterans in her community. Screengrab via KTBS
Recipients of this generous act? Residents of Woody's Home for Veterans.

On Father’s Day this year, Kayla Waller, a high school senior in Shreveport Louisiana, decided to do more than simply celebrate her own father. In what an only be described as a heart-warming act, Waller showed the veterans staying at Woody’s Home for Veterans, a local Volunteers of America-run transitional home, that she considers them honorary fathers by cooking them a meal on the holiday.

“They are fathers because they are protecting us, like a father,” Waller told Craig Sims of KTBS. Waller had participated in community service projects at Woody’s Home before, and this year was inspired to come up with her own. Spending about $250 that she earned from her very first paycheck on food, Waller worked for 10 hours cooking 60 meals, which she served the veterans herself.

Charles Myrick, a veteran who stays at Woody’s Home, told Sasha Jones of KSLA that Waller’s efforts helped him “to see there are still people out there who appreciate veterans.”

Waller thinks it’s essential for young people to help others. “Think of a track race,” she told Sims, “You’re sticking the baton. You’re giving the baton to someone else. My generation is the next generation that’s coming up that’s going to be in charge.”

It sounds like Kayla Waller is doing a great job running her leg of the relay.

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