Gratitude inspires giving at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center

Five youth from Grand Mesa Youth Services Center (GMYSC) recently gave back to the community by helping to alleviate child hunger. As an extension of the youths’ discussions about practicing gratitude, GMYSC reached out to the Kids Aid Colorado Program. Kids Aid is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing for the needs of children, with a focus on supplying food to hungry kids. In collaboration with Mesa County School District 51, their Backpack Program sends food donations home with children who otherwise would go hungry over the weekend. 

The goal is to not only help provide good nutrition, but also to keep youth focused on their education instead of their hunger. The program feeds 1,200-1,800 children in the valley each weekend from including elementary schools, vocational schools and colleges. 
 
The youth volunteers from GMYSC, along with staff, spent five hours bagging food, preparing flyers, and learning about how much work the volunteers put into feeding the kids in the Grand Valley community every week. This opportunity of giving and practicing gratitude was especially meaningful to one of the youths participating, as he and his family often went without food when he was younger. He was so happy that he could be a part of something to help families like his.