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McDonough organization takes action for orphans, families in need

Cool Story - McDonough organization takes action for orphans, families in need

During the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, a McDonough nonprofit worked diligently to provide children with more comfort.

This is the goal of the charity organization co-founded and run by 15-year-old Luella High student Chris "C.J." Matthews and his family, the Blankies 4 My Buddies Foundation. Matthews began the MLK Day weekend with two of his favorite neighborhood organizations, Here2Help Inc. and Feeding GA Families, with the aid of his 6-year-old brother Kollin.

The Matthews family came together on Saturday to donate 50 of their #GiveLikeCJ blanket kits to families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Atlanta, and H2H and Feeding GA Families served a hot supper both at the house and in the CHOA family room.

Along with making DIY fleece blankets for the homeless, the family gave 300 pairs of socks and underwear to the Christian City Children's Village in Union City, which cares for orphans.

Before the start of the weekend, Kristen noted, "I appreciate that kids have acquired my giving spirit. After surviving a catastrophic accident with a drunk driver, it was the number one thing I wanted to accomplish when I got out of college."

After his parents lost a pregnancy when he was five years old, Matthews accepted the calling.

California native Kristen remarked, "I had to think back to what made me feel happy and that was helping other people."

So, when I asked C.J. what he would like to get, he mentioned blankets. When I asked him why he responded that they act as a hug and keep you secure.

Since then, Matthews and his family have expanded the project to the downtown and metro Atlanta area to provide meals and small comforts to kids who are grieving a loss, dealing with chronic illnesses, or experiencing homelessness. These include cozy blankets made by Matthews and his family, socks with books, and meals.

The best lesson I've learned over the years, according to 15-year-old Matthews, is that giving is just as soothing as receiving. "My parents supported me in starting this initiative to lift my spirits after my mother lost her pregnancy.”

Giving to others helped me deal with my feelings of sadness, so when we interact with children, we always hope to encourage them to practice compassion, he continued.

When you are aware that your actions have had a favorable effect on another person, it truly boosts your mood.

In a culture that occasionally loses sight of the sentiment of giving to those in need, Kollin, who is following in the footsteps of his older brother, finds the goal to be helpful and compassionate.

Kollin said, "It makes me incredibly happy, and they're happy too." That's what God wants.

Visit the Matthews family's GoFundMe website at https://gofundme.com/ad011758 to donate to their cause.

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