Thornton girl spends 10th birthday feeding the homeless

Gonzales said she's been passionate about helping the homeless for a few years, which is why she wants to spend her 10th birthday feeding them

DENVER - A Thornton girl traded cake and presents for a unique birthday celebration.

This year, Tatum Gonzales used her birthday wish on homeless people.

Gonzales said she's been passionate about helping the homeless for a few years, which is why she wants to spend her 10th birthday feeding them.

"I see them on the street and I just think they’re hungry," she said. "Every time I see them on the street, I tell my mom and dad to give them money and they do. I wanted to give them food today.”

With help from her family and friends, Gonzales packed a hundred sack lunches to hand out outside of Denver Rescue Mission. The individual lunches included either a turkey or peanut butter and jelly sandwich along with oranges, beef jerky, water and chips.

Tatum's mom, Roseann Marez, said her daughter would do anything to help anybody.

"I don't know too many 10-year-olds who wouldn't want a present, or a party or anything," Marez said.

It took close to an hour to make the lunches but less than 30 minutes to hand them all out. Gonzales said her actions could become a birthday tradition.

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