Two months ago, we launched our PINT SIZE HERO program, introducing the world to young people
who use their passion and creativity to give back to their communities. With that announcement, we also
put out a call for Baskin-Robbins fans nationwide to help us find the next Pint-Sized Hero by submitting
stories of children who are doing good. After combing through awe-inspiring submissions of helpful
hands all across the country, we are excited to announce Chris “CJ” Matthews from Atlanta, Georgia
as our next Pint-Sized Hero!
CJ’s inspirational story began when he and his family experienced a loss when he was only five years
old. His own grief sparked an idea: he wanted to do whatever he could to support other kids who might
be dealing with similar feelings of sadness. The idea led CJ to create which has since grown into an
organization that brings small tokens of comfort, like cozy blankets, to children dealing with traumatic
situations from chronic illnesses to homelessness.
Nearly eight years after beginning Blankies 4 My Buddies, CJ is still doing all he can to provide comfort
to those who need it most -- even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To support the well-being of children
in need during these challenging times, CJ also now provides “Comfort Bags,” which include items like
journals, books, stress balls, toys, crayons, healthy snacks, hygiene products and more. CJ even
teamed up with his local city councilman to help deliver lunch from the school district to kids who were
sheltering in place.
We're honored to be recognizing CJ and the work he has done in his Atlanta community. As a thank you
for all of his hard work and to celebrate his amazing accomplishments, CJ will get free ice cream for a
year and Baskin-Robbins is paying his good deeds forward with a $5,000 donation to the charity of his
choice, H2H INC –an organization committed to bringing relief and aid to those in need.
When he’s not out being a hero, CJ loves to draw, spend time with his family, watch anime and play
sports including football, soccer, rugby and wrestling. The young entrepreneur and aspiring
philanthropist also has an interest in marine biology and dreams of being a professional football player.