When most teens find themselves bored, they locate the nearest electronic device. But Dearborn Heights resident Dan Judd decided to use his free time for good: the 14-year-old has spent every Friday volunteering with the Dearborn Farmers Market.
"I was bored, and I was looking for something to do," Judd explained. "This gives me something to do."
The hours are early–he gets there around 6 a.m. every week to help with setup–but Judd said he has a secret weapon: the teen said he stays up all night.
His mother, Millie Judd, is involved with the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, and suggested to her son that he help out the weekly outdoor market.
And it's not the only volunteering Judd does. He also helps out his elderly neighbor across the street, and used to do Christian service events.
Formerly a student at Divine Child, Judd now goes to school online. He likes to play sports and fish in his free time, and is savig up for flying lessons in hopes to be a pilot.
But through the end of October, his Fridays will be dedicated to setting up tents and tables, and cleaning up at the market–services that are greatly appreciated by Market Manager Joan Reed.
"Daniel is very helpful," she said. "We're happy to have him."
Reed added that one more volunteer is need to help out for the rest of the market season. Those interested should call the chamber at 313-584-6100.