Taji Johnson, a nine year old boy from Trenton, has a heart of compassion and loves helping others in need. He started Taji’s Tents after he volunteered and served food to the homeless two years ago. “I could see that he was heartbroken and I always tell my children that if you see something you don’t like, we do something about it. If we can't do anything about it, we try to find the resources to help them,” says Chemikia Johnson, Taji’s mom. “I’m a real estate broker and he thought it would be easy for me and my friends to all get together and just buy them all houses. I told him that wasn’t possible, so let's come up with something else,” says Chemikia.
“I thought, and thought, and thought, and then I came up with tents to protect them from stuff like fires, floods and rain,” says Taji. The next morning, Taji made a video telling everyone what he wanted to do and asked if anyone wanted to make a donation. So many people came together to support him and now he has purchased over $13,000 worth of tents and has received donations from as far as Korea. Another way that Taji earns money for tents is by selling the fruits and vegetables he grows in his garden every year.
Follow Taji’s Tents on Facebook or Instagram @tajis_tents to learn more and to buy fruits and vegetables. Taji has been recognized multiple times for his hard work and has won The Jo-Nathan Foundation Emerging Leader Award, is the youngest recipient ever to receive the Giving Your Best Award, and numerous other awards for his sacrifice and compassion. Each tent costs $25, if you would like to make a donation, you can do so through CashApp: $TajisTents, GoFundMe: Taji’s Tents, Venmo: @Tajis-Tents, Zelle, Amazon, or ApplePay: (803)293-8154, or by mail to Taji Johnson, P.O. Box 112, Trenton, SC. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to helping those in need Taji!