Justin Thran exceeds goal of $10,000 for food closet for the first time | RecordCourier.com

Justin Thran exceeds goal of $10,000 for food closet for the first time

by Joyce Hollister, staff writer

Plenty of people in Northern Nevada are affected by the efforts of one Smith Valley teen, Justin Thran.

Justin broke the $10,000 mark, a personal goal of his for the past four years, and made a donation of $10,549,79 to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, where the Carson Valley Community Food Closet often obtains food.

The teen-ager owns his own business, Justin’s Woodcrafts, and he makes specialty birdhouses that he sells at crafts fairs and other venus. The proceeds from these items go to charities.

“My dad says that I should set realistic goals that with hard work can be reached,” Justin said. “My dad and I spent many long hours in the shop. And with the help of so many of our friends, we were able to complete building and raise the money for our goal.”

Four years ago, Justin watched a representative for Sierra Pacific Power Co. give a check for $10,000 to the Northern Nevada Food Bank, and he told his father Bob Thran that one day he would donate $10,000.

Justin earned $1,900 from his birdhouses at the Douglas High School Christmas Fair. He donated $1,000 each to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet and the Advocates to End Domestic Violence, making the donations during the Drive-By Food Drive held at the Carson Valley Inn Dec. 15. This annual event is co-sponsored by KTVN Channel 2 in Reno.

After writing the check, Justin said, another $400 were raised.

“Thanks goes to all of the people who purchased the products,” he said. “Your donations have helped so many people,” he said. “And, as always, I’m proud to be just the middle man.”

It was with the help of lots of people of the media in news papers, television and radio that he was able to sell enough of his crafts to raise the funds.

“I would like to thank all of the people who supported the Drive-By Food Drive fund-raiser at the Reno Hilton, Ormsby House in Carson City and the Carson Valley Inn in Minden,” he said. “Many needy families will be helped this Christmas and long into next year.”