Justin parlays $500 into $1,500 donation to food closet
Smith Valley teen Justin Thran took $500 and parlayed it into a $1,500 donation to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.
The $500 came from The Reader’s Digest in the form of a payment to the R-C for use of staff writer Linda Hiller’s story about Justin. He was featured in the March issue of Reader’s Digest under “Heroes for Today.”
The Record-Courier gave the funds to Justin, who decided to use the money to purchase materials for building 10 special bird house benches. Seven of the benches were sold at Carson Valley Garden and Ranch Center, and three were sold at Eastern Sierra Feed for $150 each.
The stores did not take a percentage of the sale price, so all the proceeds were donated to the food closet, according to Bob Thran, Justin’s father.
Justin has been building bird houses, selling them and donating the proceeds to the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the Carson Valley Community Food Closet for several years.