Second-grader gets into the holiday spirit by giving back

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TJ, a second-grader at Prairie Crossing Elementary School in Parker, demonstrated what it means to be in the holiday spirit by hosting a “parents’ night out and kids’ night in” last Friday to give back to the community. Parents dropped off their children for a fun movie night, where they also learned about Hunger Free Colorado, for a $10 donation.Over $600 was raised to help fight hunger in Colorado!

The 7-year-old philanthropist, and our youngest Hunger POD Squad member, shared with his fellow students and parents why he cares about Hunger Free Colorado – “because no kid in Colorado should be hungry”. Hunger Free Colorado Director of Development Julie Hogan talked to the kids about how many kids in Colorado are hungry, why, what Hunger Free Colorado is doing, and what they can do to be part of the solution like TJ. The children then got write their thoughts about why people should not go hungry in our state on paper plates.

The Hunger POD Squad is an engagement opportunity facilitated by Hunger Free Colorado, where people of all ages commit to at least five activities throughout the year to fight hunger in their community, whether it be hosting a fundraiser, volunteering at a local anti-hunger group, participating in a community or school garden, or educating others about the issue and sustainable solutions . With this in mind, TJ started a Kids’ Club this past May, with a goal to fundraise and raise awareness for Hunger Free Colorado. Since then, they have raised more than $300 through garage sales and other activities.

All the funds raised will help ensure more Coloradans have access to healthy, affordable foods. Hunger Free Colorado is the state’s leading anti-hunger advocacy organization, working to ensure that no Coloradan goes hungry. TJ has inspired all of us here at Hunger Free Colorado with his generous spirit and giving nature. Maybe he will inspire you, too!



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Sarah is the Community Voice Advocate for Hunger Free Colorado


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