The average 10-year-old would probably prefer celebrating their birthday with a party full of presents and cake. But Ava Jones is not your average 10-year-old. It all started from a school project to find positive news anywhere in the world. Ava came across stories of children making a difference in their communities and she was inspired to find her own way to help others. She decided her upcoming birthday would be spent helping those struggling with hunger.
In lieu of traditional presents, Ava asked for food donations for Second Harvest and with permission, stationed donation boxes in her classroom and dance studio. Ava and her mother then set up a virtual food drive so friends and family could give online as well. Before volunteering today, Ava raised 477 pounds of food and her virtual food drive raised enough money for 2,900 meals.
We are thrilled to share this inspiring story because during this time of year especially, hunger is a hard reality to bear for 1 in 6 Tennesseans. Ava's efforts show just how easy it is to help those in need and make a difference. We hope you will join Ava and her friends in the fight against hunger.