Memphis Birthday Food Drive
My name is Memphis. I am turning 17 at the end of February. For the last 14 years I have used the occasion of my birthday to help charities. Since I was 5 this charity has been the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
My birthday charity work started with the Early Learning Institute, which helped me early on in my life. I wanted to return the favor by getting them things that they used. My mom suggested that we ask our friends and family to make a donation to the Institute instead of purchasing a gift for my birthday. Together we raised 385 dollars for the Institute. And much to my surprise I still had lots of presents to open. And that’s how my tradition started.
The following year I raised almost 900 dollars for the Cotati’s Kids Day Parade, one of my favorite events. I met the Mayor and gave him a giant check. For my 5th birthday I selected the Redwood Empire Food bank and I haven't looked back. In fact it's gotten so big I now have a corporate sponsor thanks to Clif Bar, I table weekly in front of Olivers Market and I usually have a collaboration with other altruistic members of the community.
I've received some media coverage the Press Democrat, Garvin Thomas Bay Area Proud. The Bohemian,
I'm happy to have been nominated for the Red Cross Humanitarian award, to have won a Kohl's Care Scholarship, to have been honored by NorthBay Biz as a Leader Of Tomorrow and most recently the 2021 City Of Santa Rosa Merit Award
Over the last 12 years of supporting the REFB, together we have raised over $59,000 and over 250,000 lbs. of food.
Please check out my Facebook Page and my Instagram to follow my progress and see where I'll be in the community.
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