PARKLAND, FL- Eight-year-old Jonah Daniel Simons is no ordinary third grader. The local student's mother saw a Facebook post asking for volunteers to help with holiday donations, packing, and sharing gifts with local children in need. She asked Jonah if he wanted to join. Jonah Daniel, or "JD," jumped at the chance and dug in to help with the project.
JD has a history of lending a hand and has heart to serve others. Along with his effort to help at the holidays, JD is always helping his grandparents. "I help my grandparents each week. I help them up the elevator and I put their garbage cans on the street."
JD's heart to help is beginning to influence others as well. "One day I was with my mom and we were buying items to fill bags for the homeless, like toothpaste and soap," he shares. "A nice lady stopped to ask if I was going away or going to camp because we were buying all these things. When I told her what we were doing, she gave us $20 to help."
Simons has also signed up to be a student ambassador at Feeding South Florida as he continues to help with projects in the Parkland community. JD says that helping others isn't just good to do, but it's also fun. He plans to continue serving and helping the community as much as possible in the future.
JD also loves to dress up as a doctor and visit patients that are sick in the hospital. His specialty as a doctor is "love."
"My goals are to help people out. I would like to do that by being helpful and donating things when I can. I will study hard to be a scientist, the kind that does research. When I am 14, I want to volunteer at a hospital," shares JD.
The future is bright for this young Parklander.