WILMINGTON — Twelve-year-old Aiden Poore donated 110 book bags earlier this week for Clinton County children in foster care.
Aiden has been saving his birthday money since three years ago when he first began his “Aiden’s Buddy Bags” project, according to a news release from Clinton County Job & Family Services.
One of Aiden’s best friends was in foster care at that time, and he knew there were children in need who could not be with their families. Aiden, who is from the Greenfield area, began with a goal of 20 backpacks for children who many times only have a trash bag to carry their belongings in.
This year, Aiden collected donations from family, friends, businesses, as well as using his own money. This Christmas, he was able to donate 700 book bags for five different counties in southwest Ohio to share with foster children of all ages.
“Today we celebrate Aiden, and his amazing gift of Christmas spirit and kindness. He is a true hero to us all at Clinton County Job & Family Services. Aiden’s proud mom is Megan and she truly gives credit to Aiden for his caring spirit,” said Clinton County Job & Family Services Director Kathi Spirk.