Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HAITI :: FOOD UPDATE :: A big hearted teenager

Jaden celebrating his birthday with French silk pie
Teenagers are amazing… 
Words we don't hear strung together often enough! This may be contrary to many opinions, but The Red Thread team stands by it. Here's why.

Jaden is one of those kids whose birthday lands right after the Christmas and New Years hustle and bustle. Family and friends are partied out, the festivities have come to an end, and people are trying to get back into the swing of work and school. Post-holiday blues prevail and the idea of pulling together a celebration seems more like work than fun.

It was no surprise that only three people gathered around Jaden at the table to sing Happy Birthday and enjoy French silk pie on his 13th birthday. But what happened after the subdued celebration surprised everyone.

As the family was preparing to send a donation to The Red Thread for the food drive, Jaden placed his combined birthday and Christmas gift—a $100 bill—in the donation cup. His mom and dad asked him if he was sure this is what he wanted to do. 

His response was simple: "I'm not poor. I don't need this." 

With Jaden's donation, we have received $10,659.93 toward St. Vincent's food allowing us to provide 12,792 meals! 

What an example this young man has set for us all.

Birthday money provides 120 meals

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