A Hilliard Darby High School senior recently acted on the opportunity to help others by using almost $250 of her money to buy canned food to stock local food pantries.
Haya Mohammad, 18, did much more than the typical student when she responded to a food drive launched by the National Honor Society.
"I wanted to help people in need so I went and bought more food for the drive," she said.
Mohammad currently does not have a job, but she said she accrued money from allowances and gifts in a savings account she uses for clothes, food, movie tickets and other near necessities of teenagers.
Mohammad said she bought the food at Kroger. She purchased canned food and fruits, gravy and rice.
Mohammad said she has noticed homeless people in downtown Columbus, but first realized how many people are homeless or hungry on a family vacation in 2010 to Morocco.
"The resort we stayed at was like places (in America) but when we traveled a little way outside the city, I saw many homeless people," she said. "I always wanted to help people and make a difference and this was an opportunity to do it."
Mohammad was recognized Nov. 19 at Darby High School as part of the school's daily morning announcements.