Hermantown students show generosity in actionWhen asking children what comes to mind when they think about Thanksgiving, the answers are endless.
By: Alysee Shelton, Duluth News Tribune
When asking children what comes to mind when they think about Thanksgiving, the answers are endless.
Many children are eager to have a break from school, stuff their face with turkey and gravy or spend time with their family. Hermantown fourth-grader Aiden Cox has a different thought in mind.
“This Thanksgiving I want to give food to people in need,” Aiden said.
Aiden and several other fourth-graders from Hermantown Community School gathered at the Miller Hill Super One Foods on Monday night to purchase food to donate to the Hermantown Area Food Shelf.
“This idea came to me during summer,” Aiden said. “I thought about ways I could start helping out. I decided I want to give food.”
The children seemed happy to help out. They were hugging each other, shouting and throwing food into the cart.
“It feels super good to help people who don’t have enough money to buy things,” Jackson Annoni said. “We are able to feed a family for Thanksgiving.”
Many of the fourth-graders agreed with Jackson.
“We need to help people who don’t have food or else they will starve,” Ian Hallgren said.
Nicole Anderson, the group’s chaperone, is thrilled the kids want to help the community.
“I’m so glad they want to get involved and give back to those in need,” Anderson said. “The kids hope to inspire other people to help out, too.”
Each child was asked to purchase a food item costing $5 or less. Some of the children brought up to $42 of their own money to help out. The grand total for the groceries came to $496.90.
“Many of us used the money we saved up or our allowance money,” Jackson said. “We just wanted to do something nice for people. No one should have to go without food on Thanksgiving.”