We've all heard the old adage "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets rookie, put that very philosophy into practice this holiday season. Rather than serving a Thanksgiving meal or handing out free food items, Allen decided on a different approach to giving back this November. He took twenty-five eighth graders to a local grocery store, and gave them each $70 to plan Thanksgiving dinner. Allen also equipped them with calculators to help with their math and budgeting during the shopping trip.
It's a small lesson, but financial literacy can have long term impact on a child and his or her family. Allen recognizes that economic hardship can set young people back very early in life, and he wanted to use his Thanksgiving outreach to teach fundamental skills that children can carry with them as they get older. Allen also wanted to impress upon them that their parents work hard and sacrifice to prepare for the holidays, so they should always be grateful for what they have, no matter their situation. At nineteen, Allen is eager to teach these young adults the same lessons he's been learning as a rookie away from home for the first time in his life - independence and gratitude.
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