Claire raising money in her neighborhood
Claire raising money in her neighborhood

Claire’s “Time of Sharing”

A 13-year-old raises money to support her local food bank.

When she was just 9 years old, Claire Guyader wanted to do something to help others in need. With two friends, she did chores and raised about $100 to support the homeless. Then the pandemic hit. “Covid took a toll on many families,” she explained. “And there was even a bigger need at the local food bank.” Claire decided to focus her efforts on the food bank where she lives in San Luis Obispo, California. By now, she is 13 years old — and has raised more than $10,000!

Claire created a gardening newsletter in 2020 to help make more money for charity. Called R-N-C Yardcare, it has gardening tips, a plant of the week, jokes, and more. The monthly is $1, which went to provide meals for those in need at the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Food Bank. “It is amazing to see people’s ,” Claire told News-O-Matic. “And many of my subscribers give more than the subscription amount.”

Claire uses the Thanksgiving holiday to raise funds for those in need. “It’s a time of giving thanks and a time of sharing with others,” she explained. In 2021, Claire worked to help make Thanksgiving Day happier for many who are less fortunate. Her first annual Thanksgiving fund drive earned $1,750. Then she wanted to do more the next year.

In 2022, Claire created a flyer with her picture on it with an explanation of her fund drive to help the SLO Food Bank. A printing company (Poor Richard’s Press) agreed to print her flyers. Another company, Talley Farms, partnered with Claire, distributing her flyers in 7,000 of their weekly farm-to-table boxes, so more people would learn of Claire’s efforts. Claire raised almost $5,000 from that.

Over the past three years, Claire has raised more than $10,000. That’s enough money to provide 70,000 meals for those in need! But the teen does more than give money; she offers her time as well. Starting in 2022, Claire also at the community food bank helping to package food. Additionally, she has been gleaning, going out in the fields of local farms to harvest crops for the food bank.

This holiday season, Claire is again working to raise funds so Thanksgiving will be a bit brighter for those in need. And she is also once again working with local organizations to help spread the word of her fundraising efforts. The eighth grader hopes others will learn about her work and will realize that they too can make a difference. And she had a few tips for anyone else who wants to do that.

“Try and be creative,” suggested Claire. “Have a plan from the heart, and care about it.” And she added: “You can achieve anything you want, no matter your age.”

Updated November 20, 2023, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Gail Hennessey

Claire’s “Time of Sharing”

A 13-year-old raises money to support her local food bank.

Claire raising money in her neighborhood
Claire raising money in her neighborhood

When she was just 9 years old, Claire Guyader wanted to do something to help others in need. With two friends, she did chores and raised about $100 to support the homeless. Then the pandemic hit. “Covid took a toll on many families,” she explained. “And there was even a bigger need at the local food bank.” Claire decided to focus her efforts on the food bank where she lives in San Luis Obispo, California. By now, she is 13 years old — and has raised more than $10,000!

Claire created a gardening newsletter in 2020 to help make more money for charity. Called R-N-C Yardcare, it has gardening tips, a plant of the week, jokes, and more. The monthly is $1, which went to provide meals for those in need at the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Food Bank. “It is amazing to see people’s ,” Claire told News-O-Matic. “And many of my subscribers give more than the subscription amount.”

Claire uses the Thanksgiving holiday to raise funds for those in need. “It’s a time of giving thanks and a time of sharing with others,” she explained. In 2021, Claire worked to help make Thanksgiving Day happier for many who are less fortunate. Her first annual Thanksgiving fund drive earned $1,750. Then she wanted to do more the next year.

In 2022, Claire created a flyer with her picture on it with an explanation of her fund drive to help the SLO Food Bank. A printing company (Poor Richard’s Press) agreed to print her flyers. Another company, Talley Farms, partnered with Claire, distributing her flyers in 7,000 of their weekly farm-to-table boxes, so more people would learn of Claire’s efforts. Claire raised almost $5,000 from that.

Over the past three years, Claire has raised more than $10,000. That’s enough money to provide 70,000 meals for those in need! But the teen does more than give money; she offers her time as well. Starting in 2022, Claire also at the community food bank helping to package food. Additionally, she has been gleaning, going out in the fields of local farms to harvest crops for the food bank.

This holiday season, Claire is again working to raise funds so Thanksgiving will be a bit brighter for those in need. And she is also once again working with local organizations to help spread the word of her fundraising efforts. The eighth grader hopes others will learn about her work and will realize that they too can make a difference. And she had a few tips for anyone else who wants to do that.

“Try and be creative,” suggested Claire. “Have a plan from the heart, and care about it.” And she added: “You can achieve anything you want, no matter your age.”

Updated November 20, 2023, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Gail Hennessey

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