John and Alison Kelley gear up for their fourth year of Live Thankfully, inspiring gratitude and a lifelong dedication to service in local students.
hat started with just a few Thanksgiving turkeys has grown into a movement
across the state. “This nonprofit is accidental,” says Alison Kelley, co-founder and director of Live Thankfully. But the reasons she and her husband, John, are involved are very intentional. After a few years of giving away turkeys to local dentists as a way of marketing John’s ’107 business, Kelley Orthodontics, the couple decided to redirect their efforts and reach out to neighboring schools and to families who were struggling to put a Thanksgiving meal on the table. During its first year in 2012, the nonprofit
John and Alison Kelley of Live Thankfully aren’t just serving meals, they’re preparing young hearts for service. By Sarah Angle Photos by Jeffrey Wooten
gave out 60 turkeys. This year, it’s giving away more than 600. “We’re at capacity,” explains Alison, because Live Thankfully isn’t just a turkey handout or a food drive, it’s an initiative to invest in kids and their families. That investment takes time, energy and love, she says. “We’re creating leaders and lifelong givers in our community.” That process begins with education and changing the way kids think about service and giving, she explains. This year, the organization is working with 22 schools across Fort Worth (both public and private) to teach students how to live thankfully and express gratitude. Alison gives a presentation to partnering schools at the beginning of November to get students excited
What’s new and notable in the 76107 zip code in west Fort Worth.