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Cheerleader dreams of helping orphans

Childhood can greatly affect a person’s life. From what she learns from her parents to what she learns from interacting with other people, everything she goes through affects her future and the mission she sets to achieve later in life.

Chasse Daniels, a freshman communications major, explained that because of the family struggles in her home, she “had to grow up sooner than most kids do.”

“Loving and caring for my siblings during the hard times, in our house, is part of what gave me a heart for children,” said Daniels.

Daniels also serves as the co-captain of the University’s cheer team. This allows Daniels to use and develop her people skills on a daily basis.

Kerri Young, the coach of the cheer team, expressed her admiration of Daniels’ leadership qualities.

“At the first clinic that she attended I remember how driven she was and how much she was willing to give her all,” Young said. “When she has a passion for something she puts forth 100 percent effort and dedication.”

Freshman Alyssa Garzaspoke said, “Anytime I have an issue, whether it is with school work, boys or just life in general, I can count on her to establish God’s wisdom and overall presence into our conversations.”

Stressful times throughout her home life led her to take care of her two younger siblings. For example, there were times that her parents would fight and she would take her siblings aside to distract them from all of the commotion.

Daniels explained that by being the oldest sibling and shielding her younger siblings from certain experiences she “sees and cherishes every child for his vulnerability and innocence.”

After obtaining her degree, Daniels plans to run and open orphanages and centers for homeless children all over the world. Daniels expressed that she wants to go where the Lord leads her, no matter if it is just to open one orphanage in the United States or to work with multiple orphanages all over the world.

“I want the orphanages to be Christian-run, and not based on earthly principles,” said Daniels. “I want the children to grow up knowing and relying on the Heavenly Father and not just in having an earthly father.”

Daniels hopes to reach out to churches and work to develop orphanages that encourage children to develop a relationship with the body of people who are already growing in Christ’s image and that will reinforce Christian principles.

When selecting families for the children that come to her orphanage, Daniels will not only be looking at their relationship with Christ, but she also plans to set a policy up that only allows heterosexual couples to adopt children, considers the couple’s marital relationship as a whole, and also considers how the child responds to the prospective adopting family.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world,” says James 1:27.

Daniels looks to this verse for inspiration when she dreams of working with orphans. Daniels believes it is her mission to help the orphaned children of tomorrow grow and achieve the goals God has in store for them.