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Making a Difference: UT students create “Thriving for Humanity” campaign

University of Tennessee students have worked to make a difference in the lives of kids in the Lonsdale and Parkridge areas of Knoxville, raising money to support Thrive.
Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 4:01 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2021 at 6:59 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - University of Tennessee students have worked to make a difference in the lives of kids in the Lonsdale and Parkridge areas of Knoxville, raising money to support Thrive.

Thrive’s goal is to give kids an after-school program that supports kids with academic, social and spiritual needs.

“Thrive is a very joyful place to go to,” said Flora Camarade, a fourth-grade student who participates in Thrive.

“We can learn about God,” added Galindo Felix Pedro, a third-grade student who also participates in the program.

These students love to come to Thrive after school every day.

Camarade said, “My favorite part is when we do activities.”

It’s not just a program to learn more about the Christian faith, they get a snack, homework help, play outside, do activities and get a hot dinner.

To help Thrive continue their good work, five UT students made it their mission to support the Knoxville-based non-profit and help raise a few hundred bucks.

Because of all the good work Thrive is doing, they selected it for a school project. But these college kids didn’t create any ordinary project. They made a video and sent out messages to the community, asking people to participate in their “Thriving for Humanity” campaign.

Students like Ryan Eledge and Ford Collier have a special place in their hearts for this program.

“It’s very fulfilling,” said Eledge, “There’s a lot of things in life that are not very fulfilling. And this is one of those things that pouring into other people and giving back to people who weren’t blessed with as much as I’ve been given.”

“It’s really kind of special,” said Collier.

Their goal is to raise $1,000. Thrive Co-Director of the School Campus Perry Young, and Communications Jalynn Baker couldn’t be more thankful.

“The fact that they picked us is exciting and fun,” Young said.

“We have dedicated time to focus on their spiritual wellbeing and so that is our number one need, no matter where you’re from or who you are, and that is what we really focus on with Bible studies and worship and all that,” explained Baker.

They hope the money will enhance Christian values and support the program all thanks to UT students and the community.

The campaign runs through the start of May. To donate to the “Thriving for Humanity” campaign click here.

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