9-year-old hoping to donate hundreds of turkeys to food bank

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SALT LAKE CITY -- This Thanksgiving season, many generous donations to the Utah Food Bank come from big companies. But a generous effort from those who keep pint-sized company is showing results may be about the same.

Tia Smart is a 9-year-old with a mission. She's raising money to help buy Thanksgiving turkeys for the Utah Food Bank. Her fundraising team may be small, but they're aiming high.

9-year-old hoping to donate hundreds of turkeys to food bank

"Yeah, I think they like it because they can have a yummy Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner," Tia says.

She and her friends, and their little brothers, are no novices. They went door to door last year for the same effort, and they plan once again to use their secret fundraising weapon: their smiles.

Tia knows times are tough for raising money, and that's precisely why she knows it's important to help.

Last year, the 9-year-old expected to get enough for 50 turkeys and ended up with more than 400. Naturally, her "Kidpower" team has set an even higher goal.

"I wanna hope that we get 500 instead of 417," Tia says. "We had three big motorcycle trailers full."

Tia and her gang will buy the turkeys, with a little break from Smith's Marketplace. Then she'll make her delivery to the Food Bank next week.

If you would like to help Tia and her team, you can mail donations to:

Turkey donation
6550 S. Millrock Drive, Suite 200
Holladay, UT, 84121*

For more information or questions about the the turkey drive, e-mail Tia at kidpower31@yahoo.com.

E-mail: dwimmer@ksl.com


*Note: Ksl.com has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does Ksl.com assure that the monies deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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