Let’s Talk Turkey

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.

 TJ’s assessment – if each of the 6o million children in the Untied States could raise $10 there’d be over $600 million to put towards feeding hungry children and families.   A really simple and kid -friendly plan that might just work and certainly capture the imagination of young people everywhere.  
Those of you who read my stories about people having the courage to step forward and make a difference know I particularly have high regard for children with the passion and courage to take on huge challenges.  Alex’s Lemonade StandFree the Children, and most recently , Nik Toocheck who is running marathons on every continent to raise money to buy brand new, warm winter coats for children in need.
Now I’m adding TJ to this list of movers and shakers – I’m going to follow where his passion leads him and let you know what’s next. For more information please check out his Facebook page ww.facebook.com/TJsTurkeys.
PS – what’s next?  Tonight TJ and his volunteers are shopping for Christmas dinner and school break breakfasts and lunches for 35 families.
TJ's Turkeys
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