Georgia Teen Turns Tragedy Into Triumph

Background and Foundation of Blankies for My Buddies:

  • Nonprofit organization founded by CJ Matthews after the loss of his sister when he was 5.
  • Provides blankets, books, and food to children in need.
  • Supports grieving, sick, displaced, or homeless children.
  • CJ's parents play a supportive role in the organization.

Impact, Recognition, and Collaboration with Points of Light:

  • CJ has received multiple honors for his work and co-authored a book with his mother.
  • Recognized as a Points of Light Representative, a respected volunteerism organization.
  • Inspires others to volunteer and make a positive impact on children's lives.
  • Blankies for My Buddies is part of the Points of Light family, which supports volunteerism across the US.

Mission, Values, and Inspirational Message:

  • Blankets provide comfort and security to children, helping kids going through grief.
  • Embracing hard work, dedication, kindness, love, and respect.
  • Encouraging volunteerism and recognizing its impact on children.
  • Using his voice to inspire others to volunteer and make a difference.

Personal Growth, Healing, and Transformation:

  • CJ's journey from grief to helping others and the healing process for him and his family.
  • Witnessing CJ's growth from a young age to a changemaker.
  • Transformation from seeking answers to providing them and being part of positive change and healing for others.

Positive Impact and Legacy of Blankies for My Buddies:

  • CJ's organization brings comfort, support, and resources to children in need.
  • Fosters a culture of volunteerism, kindness, and making a difference in children's lives.
  • Leaves a lasting legacy of compassion, empathy, and positive change in the community.