DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A group of 7th graders are helping kids in need in the Miami Valley.
Three students at The Dayton Regional STEM School saw our story about a record number of homeless children checking into St. Vincent de Paul and wanted to help.
Shortly after, 12-year-old Patrick O’Connor and his two friends and started a diaper drive. The trio collected diapers and money before and after school for a week.
They set a goal and told their classmates if it was achieved they would wear diapers to school for day.
“We decided to wear diapers to show what we were doing for charity and stuff,” said O’Connor.
One of the top item’s on St. Vincent de Paul’s ‘wish-list’ is diapers.
“They really needed our help and I was really glad to help them out,” he said.
O’Connor might just be in 7th grade, but he’s doing something most kids his age aren’t thinking about. The dean principal of the school, Andrew Sears says he’s blown away.
“Working with these students is inspiring. It made coming to work everyday exciting. It was a pleasure to work with these three young men who were so eager to help,” said Sears, who helped facilitate the drive.
In total, the group donated 289 diapers and $211.
St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director, David Bohardt believes the kids were a little surprised by how expensive diapers can be.
An costly gesture, but priceless.
Bohardt describes O’Connor as mature for his age and a great kid. He hopes he’s an example to his peers.
“No matter how young you are, if you’re old enough to realize people are in need, you’re old enough to help. That’s what he decided to do and exactly what he did,” said Bohardt.
“When I saw the faces of the people when I got there, giving the diapers out, I thought that was pretty cool,” said O’Connor.
Diapers are still the number one item on St. Vincent’s wish-list. To help and see what else they need, click here.