Hero uses his own money to buy groceries for those who can't afford to shop

Volunteer buys groceries for families in need

ARVADA, Colo. - Sometimes the first step in helping someone is showing you them you care. 7Everyday Hero Don Hanlon achieves that with a simple, but generous gesture.

"Don walks in the doors with the clients and says: 'What do you need?'" said Rita Caldwell, Employment and Education Coordinator, The Family Tree.

Don Hanlon buys groceries for clients of The Family Tree.

"Family Tree helps people with domestic violence issues, child abuse and homelessness," said Caldwell.

Family Tree helps more than 40,000 Coloradans a year become safe, strong and self reliant. It begins with Hanlon's trip to Sam's Club.

"That is what it's all about," said Hanlon.

"Most of our families struggle with having enough to eat. And Don said: 'How about we try Sam's Club shopping?" said Caldwell.

That was 10 years ago. Today, Hanlon's monthly shopping trips are still working well, with Family Tree clients picking whatever they need.

"It runs maybe $300 a month," said Hanlon.

 And Hanlon says he will continue to give as long as he can.

"As long as my social security check comes in," Hanlon chuckles.

To learn more about The Family Tree go to www.thefamilytree.org

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