TRENDS Diary: Erie 4th-Grader Holds Food Drive

Eamon stands on the back of his dad’s truck looking at donations.

TRENDS Diary, a project of the Community Foundation of Boulder County, is a place for Boulder County residents of all ages to share personal experiences that relate to a pressing community need. The focus, for now, is on our shared need to connect and solve problems, despite the increased isolation we’re all experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dear TRENDS Diary,

My name is Eamon Temme, and I am a 4th-grader from Soaring Heights PK-8 School in Erie. I recently held a food drive to support those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I did it because I know that, because of this crisis, there are people who are having trouble bringing food to the table, and so I wanted to help with that!

I sent an email to my neighborhood’s HOA asking them to spread the word, and they sent emails out to the entire community.

We set up in the community center parking lot, and were able to collect 982 pounds of food, which filled up my dad’s whole pickup!

It was really fun getting to run the food drive. About 40 people donated, and near the end, two people came by and donated nearly 50 pounds each. I got to see some of my friends and teachers at the food drive, too!

It brought the community together in many different ways. It feels good knowing that I was able to help people, and I’d definitely do something like this again.

It’s important to remember that kids can make a difference too.

– Eamon Temme, as told to Keira Leaves