What do you do when you find out there are children and families in your hometown without Thanksgiving Dinner? Well, if you are TJ Tracy you say, “Mom we have to do something about this.” And then go out and do it. Again and again and yet again for the past four years.
Now 13, TJ has raised enough money during these past years to provide hundreds of Thanksgiving Dinners to the Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. This year he is closing in on $10,000 which will also be used to give holiday gifts for children in the community.
After hearing his story, local residents stepped forward to support his mission. Several local restaurants held Eat and Feed dinners with a percentage of the proceeds going to feed hungry children and families. TJ has had many interviews with local media and the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club named him one of their 2013 outstanding citizens, the first time a young person has received this honor.
TJ has turned this grassroots fundraising effort into a mission to do something about the hungry children in our communities. TJ knows this is about more than turkeys. He knows this is one of the most important issues facing millions of children and their families in this country today. And he has a plan. A pretty big plan too.