A reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving1It all started with the thought that “no kid in Colorado should go hungry” by a seven-year-old with a determined look in his bright blue eyes. Over the past three years, TJ has never wavered in his conviction to make this belief a reality. Lemonade stands, movie nights, bowling, dog walks and the formation of the Parker Kids’ Club, now with 21 youth members, has raised more than $5,000 towards ending hunger and raising awareness.

As I reflect on all that I have to be thankful for, at the top of my list is the unrelenting quest TJ shows in his actions and outreach, helping our community have access to healthy food.

TJ Kids ClubI am thankful for the school, parents, children and community members who support TJ and his mission to ensure all people have a meal.

And, I am thankful for all those like TJ who support our work, state and neighborhoods.

This group of young philanthropists is a true inspiration to all of us. The Kids’ Club exemplifies service to others, and each member serves as a role model with their passion and determination to make a difference. They show that anyone can be part of the solution, regardless of age, and that your actions can help fuel change for those who are struggling to make ends meet.

As you reflect on all that you are thankful for, I hope you have equally inspiring people and passions in your life. I also hope you and your families have the happiest of Thanksgivings.


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Executive director for Hunger Free Colorado


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