Thomas Larson Bodnarczuk born May 16, 2002 was a light that burned brightly. In the 18 years that he lived, he had a powerful impact on the lives of countless people, including his family, friends, neighbors, and the world around him. Over his years as a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout, he did numerous community service projects. Thomas had a heart for the poor, the needy, and the destitute. For the last 12 years of his life, Thomas sponsored a young Ethiopian boy named Daniel with his own money through Compassion International – a Christian non-profit organization that works with 1.9 million children, through 8,000 international church partners around the world to positively impact the long-term development of children living in poverty. Thomas also had a burden for, and helped support, one of the poorest, most neglected cross-sections of American society; Native Americans through Native American Aid – a non-profit organization that serves thousands of Indian people suffering from hunger, isolation, and poverty on remote reservations in South Dakota and surrounding states, where unemployment often exceeds 85%, and average annual income may be as low as $2,600.
Thomas is survived by his parents, Elin Larson and Mark Bodnarczuk, his uncle, Eric Larson (Joyce), his aunt Linda Mattos (Brent), his cousins, Rory Larson, Kirsten Larson (Jeff), Evan Larson (Vanessa), Jonathan Babicz (Jenna), and Jillian Igoe (Chris), and his second cousins Savannah, Cheyenne, Aiden, and Raegan. Thomas was predeceased by his grandparents, Carl and Elaine Larson, and Ralph and Mary Bodnarczuk.
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