The 2019 SHOWCASE MAGAZINE Community Strong People of the Year
are sponsored by URW COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

Silas Zeidler is an 11-year-old with a plan to help as many in need as he can. Zeidler attends Carlisle School in Martinsville and enjoys playing video games, sports, and collecting baseball cards. He is active in the youth at Elevation Church. Zeidler also enjoys volunteering at God’s Pit Crew.

The volunteering inspired Zeidler’s “Juicing for Jesus” lemonAID stand. Zeidler chose the name “lemonaid” to represent those in need. To date, he has held campaigns where the lemonaid stands have raised over $25,000 thanks to the supportive and caring Danville community.

We caught up with Zeidler to find out a little more about him and why he volunteers.

Showcase Magazine: Why is community involvement so important to you?

Silas Zeidler: I like to help people in need. It makes me feel like I’m part of making my community a better place to live.

SM: What inspires you to volunteer?

SZ: God’s Pit Crew has influenced me so much. They inspire me help any way I can.

SM: What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? 

SZ: “When you do something, do it with excellence.”—Tanya Hilliard (my mom).

SM: Who are your real-life heroes and why?

SZ: My mom, my dad, and my stepdad. They encourage me and are my mentors in life.

SM: What are you most looking forward to in 2020?

SZ: This year was a good year for me, but I’m looking forward to making 2020 an even better year.

SM: Do you have a favorite quote, and if so, what is it? 

SZ: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”—Philippians 4:13

SM: What is your idea of happiness?

SZ: Happiness to me is having a family that loves me, cares for me and encourages me.

SM: What is it about Danville that makes it special to you?

SZ:  Being a small town, you get to know everyone who lives here.

SM: What are your favorite things to do in Danville?

SZ: Going out to eat, going to the movies, and going to Grizzly’s Hatchet House.

SM: What are you most looking forward to in 2020?

SZ: This year was a good year for me, but I’m looking forward to making 2020 an even better year.

SM: What are your visions for the future of Danville?

SZ: That all homeless have a home and all the needy get what they need to live. I want more people to volunteer for the good of the community.

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